A group of elementary school students in southern California made history in November. The legislative proposal that they inspired was sent to Governor Jerry Brown, who may have signed the measure into law by the time you read this. If the governor signs the proposal, California will be the first state in the nation to teach history students about the mass deportations of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the 1930s. If you are an immigrant in the United States and you are at risk for deportation, or if you need information regarding deferred action and the DACA program, obtain the help you need by speaking at once with an experienced Ohio immigration attorney.
The measure, Assembly Bill 146, was sponsored by state Assemblywoman Christine Garcia. During her visit with fifth graders in 2014 at Bell Gardens Elementary School in San Diego, Garcia watched a dramatic presentation performed by students about the Mexican Repatriation Act, enacted by Congress during the Great Depression. From 1929 through 1936, over one million Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans were forcibly sent to Mexico. More than sixty percent were actually United States citizens. “I didn’t learn about this in school,” Garcia told Fox News. “I encouraged them to dream big,” she said, “and today their bill has passed the California State Legislature.”
The mass deportations of the 1930s separated families, ruined businesses, and even resulted in several fatalities. California issued an official apology to Mexican and Mexican-American families in 2005, but deportation is still a real threat for many. In fact, a record was set in 2013 with about 438,000 total deportations. Get legal representation at once if you or someone you love is at risk for deportation. If you have any questions or concerns regarding deportation, deferred action, or any other immigration matter, get the answers you need by consulting right away with an experienced Ohio immigration attorney.