How It Started
During the Great Depression in 1930, the stock market crashed. Americans decided to blame the crash on the immigrants. Since America needed more work due to the Depression, it was a great option for those looking for work. The Mexican-American Repatriation forced Mexican immigrants to move back to Mexico. Even people that were born there already were forced to leave. (Forced Deportation of Mexicans)
Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s
The Mexican Economy
Because they were born in America, many Mexicans didn't have anywhere to go after the Repatriation Act. The Mexican economy was not ready for all the new people that were moving there. Many of them were left homeless and without jobs. They wanted to return home, but they didn't like the way they were being treated by Americans. (Forced Deportation of Mexicans)
How They Were Treated
They had many restrictions placed on them. If found without documents, Mexicans faced one year of prison and a fine of $1,000. They were also used for their labor. In 1929-1931, Charles P. Visel went to Mexico in hopes to settle those that were forced out of the US. (American History-Repatriation)
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