Beyond Ellis Island- How Not to Think About Immigration History
The rhetoric of the melting pot glosses over the marginalization of the nonEuropean immigrants.
o Even though Englishmen were immigrants, they were not treated that way.
The Ellis Island pa
Partly Colored and Other White: Mexican Americans and their Problem with the
Immigration since the 1960s has challenged the traditional black-white binary.
The one drop rule is often the determinant of race.
o Traditionally, this was a way th
Conquest Sets the Stage
Many US states were initially a part of Mexico and were absorbed as part of the
US after the Mexican-American War of 1846-48.
o The radicalized notions of manifest destiny justified this land grab.
The Federal Land Act of 1851 de
Deportation Policy and the Making and unmaking of Illegal Aliens
In 1930, there were questions surrounding the legal authority of the Border Patrol
to search suspected aliens without warrants.
o This was a problem introduced by the Immigration Acts of 192
The Zoot Suit Wars
The vigilante violence against the Japanese during WWII was primarily an attack
on their economic prosperity.
White grievances, rooted in workplace white privilege and social imagination
promoted the summer of hate in 1943.
o Part of
Latin America in the Era of the Cuban Revolution
The Cuban revolution hurt US economic interested in Latin America.
o Castro breached the unwritten code of US hegemony in Latin America.
The US felt that they had to eliminate the revolution at the source
Immigrants and the Weight of Their Past
Castros all encompassing social revolution was so reliant upon Soviet Union that
they fell into economic depression when it fell.
The US government also allowed in Cubans according to its best
Refugees or Economic Migrants?
Most Central Americans coming to the US enter the country illegally through
Mexico. Thus, Mexicos refugee policy directly affected who migrated to the US.
Americans were not eager to accept the immigrants, because they saw
The Wars in Central America and the Refugee Crisis
The revolutions in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala became international
because of questions of alliances, refugees and finally, peace settlements.
In 1979, the Sandinistas overthrew the
The Immigrant Assimilation Model The Ellis Island paradigm is helpful in understanding the evolution of
o The melting pot rhetoric is impossibly hopeful. It also means Anglo-Saxon
conformity. It is more like acculturation than assimila
The Immigration and Reform and Control Act and the Rise of Domestic Labor
Amongst Immigrants from Mexico and Central America
When it comes to immigration policy and its relationship with the social and
political climate of the
Perception of Race and Economic Necessity as Determinants of Acceptance
As neighbors, the United States and Mexico are inextricably linked, influencing
one anothers economic, political and social realities. Of course, immigratio
Mi Familia as a Window into Immigration History
The film Mi Familia by Gregory Nava opens with Jose Sanchezs arduous trek
across Mexico and his successful crossing of the Mexican-American border. Crossing the
border, however, is
Earlier this semester, my gender studies class, Identity, Differences and
Inequality, introduced me to the concept of care labor and the politics surrounding it.
My professor explained that, with the decline of
Politics and Economics as Determinants of Immigration Policy
Lawmakers seemingly distance policy decisions permeate every aspect of a
persons life, from what he eats, to what his children learn in school. This truth is
1. Begin by basically introducing the plotline of the film.
2. Use the one of many set up.
3. Give basic information about immigration to the US.
A. European immigration
B. Non-European immigration
4. Each of the family members has a diffe
Gender, Migration and Domestic ServiceI. Overview
1. Global/regional inequalities, previous migration patterns and networks,
and national immigration policy shape the international migration of
women for domestic service.
A. In the US specifically, the 19
Analyze Mexican and Mexican-American experiences with immigration to and
settlement in the United States. What factors emerged as key elements of their
experiences? How did communities organize their struggles? How did they deal with
inclusion / exclusion
Discuss the legal differences in the immigration experiences of Central Americans and
Cubans in the United States. How do we account for the differences? How did their
immigration experience affect (did it affect?) their ability to maintain ties with thei