Past and Current Realities about Mexican/Latino Immigration. Looking Beyond the U.S.

  • Emilia Martinez-Brawley College of Public Programs and Community Solutions, Arizona State University Phoenix, AZ, USA
  • Paz M-B. Zorita College of Public Programs and Community Solutions, Arizona State University Phoenix, AZ, USA


The literature including social media shows that Mexican/Latino immigrants have attracted contempt and have been traditionally objected to as a minority in the U.S. The intent here is to search for historical and other factors that might explain the public antipathy and to identify reasons that could, either in isolation or in combination with others, explain anti-immigrant sentiments among people, many of whom are descendants of immigrants. The perusal of the challenges of Mexican immigrants to the U.S through the decades will highlight some similarities related to discrimination against waves “peoples of colorâ€, not only in the U.S. but in other parts of the world. The daily treatment within the society of immigrants of color as well as the frequent lower immigration quotas imposed on certain groups, including Mediterranean people, makes the topic quite relevant to today’s concerns. 

Author Biographies

Emilia Martinez-Brawley, College of Public Programs and Community Solutions, Arizona State University Phoenix, AZ, USA

John F. Roatch Distinguished Professor of Social Work

Paz M-B. Zorita, College of Public Programs and Community Solutions, Arizona State University Phoenix, AZ, USA

Associate Professor of Social Work


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