By Tomas Jimenez
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Extra resources for Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration, and Identity
S. citizenship on equal grounds, despite provisions in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo guarantying their rights as citizens. They were second-class citizens who became socially, economically, and politically displaced. Growing numbers of whites overwhelmed a Mexican-American population that was soon forced into isolated barrios (Camarillo 1996; Gutiérrez 1995). Economic conditions for Mexican Americans quickly deteriorated. They became absorbed into a diversified market economy, radically unlike the pastoral economy that they had known prior to 1848.
In chapter 4 I explore how the presence of a large Mexican-immigrant population shapes the practice of ethnicity among Mexican Americans. The continual influx of Mexican immigration provides ready access to ethnically linked symbols and practices that prevent the recession of ethnicity into the distant background of social life. Mexican Americans access ethnically linked symbols and practices through interactions with Mexican immigrants and second-generation Mexican Americans that range from serendipitous encounters to romantic partnerships.
Indd 39 8/27/2009 10:42:50 AM 40 A History of Replenishment Border Patrol loosely monitored the southern border, especially during harvest season, and Congress helped short-circuit any would-be effort to control Mexican migration by limiting the allocation of resources for the Border Patrol (Calavita 1992). Congress also prohibited the prosecution of employers who hired unauthorized workers. The bracero program satisfied growers’ need for a large and readily available labor force, but rank-and-file Americans became dissatisfied with increased numbers of Mexicans and began pressuring government officials to do something about it.