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Mexican Immigration
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6

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     challenging words:    re-enter, controversial, dependent, discrimination, immigration, poorly, billion, crossing, issue, immigrate, unskilled, economy, suffering, fairly, government, fail
     content words:    Southwestern U. S., Many Mexicans, In Mexico, Many U. S.


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Mexican Immigration
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     Mexican immigration has always been a controversial issue in the U.S. Few other groups have been so welcomed and yet so rejected at the same time.
 
2     Many Mexicans began to immigrate to the U.S. in the early 1900's. At this time, many had been driven off their land by the government. The population in Mexico was growing too quickly. The economy was poor. During this time, there was also much violence in Mexico. There was suffering and disease. Wages were very low.
 
3     Between 1900 and 1930, over one million Mexicans came to work in the U.S. At this time, the U.S. had limits on the number of immigrants it would accept from Europe and Asia. There were few guards at the Mexican border. Few records were kept at that time.
 
4     Mexicans could cross the border fairly freely. They were washed and checked for diseases. Their hair was cut. Then they were allowed to come into the U.S. Illegal immigrants that were found were fined less than $20. They were then taken to the border and allowed to re-enter in a legal way.
 
5     Many Mexicans moved into the Southwestern U.S. This had been Mexican territory until the U.S. gained it by force in 1848. Many Mexicans felt this land did not really belong to the U.S. When they entered, they felt they were only visiting another part of their own country.

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