350,000 Mexican Americans Deported - Segment From the Great Wall of Los Angeles Digital History ID 2492|
Credit: Social and Public Art Resource Center
Media type: mural
Annotation: Widespread unemployment and economic hardships during the Great Depression resulted in a mass deportation of Mexicans. This mural is a portion of The Great Wall created by Judith Baca.
350,000 Mexican Americans Deported. The Depression hit Mexican American families especially hard. Mexican Americans faced serious opposition from organized labor, which resented competition from Mexican workers as unemployment rose. Bowing to union pressure, federal, state and local authorities "repatriated" hundreds of thousands of people of Mexican descent to prevent them from applying for relief. Since this group included many United States citizens, the deportations constituted a gross violation of civil liberties.
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