• Nowhere else in the world do two countries with such different standards of living and wage scales share such an open border as Mexico and the United States. Immigration from Mexico is unique in several respects:1) It has been a continuous, large scale movement for most of this century. The United States did not restrict immigration from Mexico through legislation until 1965.2) The proximity of Mexico encourages past immigrants to maintain strong cultural and language ties with the homeland through friends and relatives. Return visits to the old country are only one- or two-day bus rides for Mexican Americans, not once in a lifetime voyages, as they were for most European immigrants.3) There is an aura of illegality that has surrounded Mexican migrants. Throughout the twentieth century, the suspicion in which Anglos have held Mexican Americans has contributed to mutual distrust between the two groups.
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Mexican American, Immigration to the United States, New Mexico