"Illegal": Job Attainment and Socio-Economic Status among First-Generation Mexican Americans, 1980s-2000s
AbstractBetween the 1980s to 2000s, Mexican Americans greatly transformed American society by leaving an imprint on culture, education, and the workforce that continues to resonate today. However, their successes did not come easy as they were challenged with numerous stereotypes, which, in turn, effected the jobs they received and their socio-economic status within society, overall. Upon immigrating into the United States, first-generation Mexican Americans struggle with finding stable jobs as their illegal status carried a negative connotation that was influenced by the increase of Hispanic gang violence in the 1980s. Even today, a Mexican American living in the United States may face a limited job market affecting their socio-economic status due to said negative stereotypes.
AffiliationChemistry and Physics
History, Anthropology, & Philosophy