COlorado Independent: Latinos: Economic scapegoats or election deciders?

Colorado Independent (9/23/08)

Latinos: Economic scapegoats or election deciders?

Do bad economic times mean an increase in deportation or at least anti-immigrant sentiments? Some Latino activists fear history will repeat itself as Americans are faced with an increasingly shaky economy and look for scapegoats beyond Wall Street.

As The Sun, a San Bernardino, Calif., newspaper reports:

During the Great Depression, one-third of the country’s Mexican population was deported or pressured to return home. Many of them were American citizens.

The recession of the early 1950s forced nearly 3 million Mexicans to be sent home as a consequence of “Operation Wetback.”

A similar economic and financial meltdown could precipitate another massive deportation and removal program, activists say.

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