Puerto Rico immigrants
By: Alex Andrade & Ruth Martinez
Why did the group came to the United States?
The continuing depression in Puerto Rico made many Puerto Ricans eager for a fresh start, and U.S. factory owners and employment agencies had begun recruiting heavily on the island.
What US immigration laws or policies were in effect at the time of the group's migration?
Its people have been U.S. citizens since 1917, but they have no vote in Congress. As citizens, the people of Puerto Rico can move throughout the 50 states just as any other Americans can—legally, this is considered internal migration, not immigration.
How the United States' population received and/or treated the group?
many migrants struggled with poverty, unemployment, and racial discrimination in their new home. Darker-skinned Puerto Ricans often found themselves excluded from jobs, education, and housing, and were frequently attacked by non-Puerto Rican street gangs.
Contributions the group made to the United States and its culture?
In addition, the postwar years saw the return home of thousands of Puerto Rican war veterans, whose service in the U.S. military had shown them the world. But perhaps the most significant cause was the sudden availability of affordable air travel. Puerto Rican migration became the first great airborne migration in U.S. history.
Influence the group had on their homelands as a result of its migration?
to have a better life and a fresh start