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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-27-11 11:34 AM
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235. Mass deportations of Mexican-Americans in the 1930's
From the article http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2006-04-04-1930s-de...

His father and oldest sister were farming sugar beets in the fields of Hamilton, Mont., and his mother was cooking tortillas when 6-year-old Ignacio Pia saw plainclothes authorities burst into his home.

"They came in with guns and told us to get out," recalls Pia, 81, a retired railroad worker in Bakersfield, Calif., of the 1931 raid. "They didn't let us take anything," not even a trunk that held birth certificates proving that he and his five siblings were U.S.-born citizens.

The family was thrown into a jail for 10 days before being sent by train to Mexico. Pia says he spent 16 years of "pure hell" there before acquiring papers of his Utah birth and returning to the USA.

The deportation of Pia's family tells an almost-forgotten story of a 1930s anti-immigrant campaign. Tens of thousands, and possibly more than 400,000, Mexicans and Mexican-Americans were pressured through raids and job denials to leave the USA during the Depression, according to a USA TODAY review of documents and interviews with historians and deportees. Many, mostly children, were U.S. citizens.

If their tales seem incredible, a newspaper analysis of the history textbooks used most in U.S. middle and high schools may explain why: Little has been written about the exodus, often called "the repatriation."

That may soon change. As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote on bills that would either help illegal workers become legal residents or boost enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, an effort to address deportations that happened 70 years ago has gained traction:

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The USA took the land from Mexico, which is half of its former size, but never forgave the Mexicans for being there in the first place, taking space that belonged to good white Americans. :eyes:

Once again, a serious injustice done to POC, and the history books are wiped clean of any negative imagery of the USA as the "great good land". The USA is, but too often ONLY for the "right" people. :(
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