Berenice Garcia

Faculty Mentor

Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


Immigration is a controversial topic for both Chicanos and Americans. Many Immigrants put themselves through the danger of crossing the border into the United States so they are able to provide for their family. Immigrants only come to help the economy. I will use data and peer review articles that have analyzed the benefits or their lack of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to assess the effects on poor Mexican peasants. This paper I will address the detrimental effects of this treaty on families who have been uprooted from their traditional way of life and forced to migrate as a result of this trade agreement. This study will also provide information on the successful techniques currently being used by immigrants to be smuggled across the Mexico-U.S. border despite its militarization. Academic journals, government sources and other peer review sources will be used to inform this study.