Understanding Contemporary Mexican Migration Patterns Over the last forty years, it is estimated that more than 18 million Mexicans have migrated to the United States with the majority settling in the American southwest in states like California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas (Numbers and Geographic Distribution). And while many Americans and policy makers assume that contemporary patterns of Mexican migration can be understood according to current and/or recent social, political, and economic variables, the fact of the matter is that past historical events have greatly influenced contemporary immigration patterns. Without question, the two events that have proven most influential in this respect are the Mexican American War and...The end:
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