Ongoing Research on the Psycho-Social
Impact on Mexican Immigrants to the United States
The incidents of actually locating blog-sites concerning my topic have been somewhat difficult to locate. It is as if there are many people afraid to express their opinions for fear of retribution or ostracism from neighbors and authority figures within the government. I have had better luck finding full-text journal articles from scholarly sources to illustrate my conjecture that the process of migration to the United States for Mexicans is fraught with trepidation, physiological, psychological, and sociological consequences for the family. Leaving one’s familiar surroundings and traveling to a totally alien culture, with a different language, dialects and cultural mores can create a psycho-social imbalance for many.
Imagine that you are taken from your home by your parents and transplanted to a new home, in say, New Guinea. You, in all likelihood, cannot converse with the native villagers, having no inkling as to where to turn to get information on any subject (there’s no internet service, let alone a computer, within hundreds of kilometers), and no cities of any substantial size, where there might be someone who understands in your language, understanding exactly what you need, and can and will actually help you. The odds being extremely miniscule, you would likely become very angry at the situation in which you now find yourself, and possibly even act out in inappropriate ways, which you would not, normally, consider doing. Does this outburst make you a criminal? I think not, though there are many who would argue the point. If you do not die from some alien disease to which you are not immune, you would, in all likelihood, eventually succumb to a deep depression at your inability to fend for yourself. The anxiety level in conjunction with the clinical depression could eventually take a toll on your psyche, and might even drive you to thoughts of suicide, or acts of criminal activity, which you would normally not engage in.
While the above mentioned scenario seems implausible to most of us, after all, what would possibly drive us to consider such an ill-advised and dangerous course of action. In many cases Mexican migrant families find themselves in a position where there are no jobs, losses of property on which to work and live, finally force them to vacate their homes, and move to other areas where the job opportunities seem to be more prevalent. In many cases these jobs, too, dry up, forcing families to relocate time and again. Eventually, Mexican families are forced to leave Mexico, whether legally or illegally, and find a way to get into the United States, where there are jobs for them, at reduced pay, but there none the less. All they have to do is to get there, being very careful to avoid capture by the United States Border Patrol, and to keep from being detained and deported by the United States governmental agencies, State Law Enforcement officials, such as the Department of Homeland Security, the parent division of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Some would argue that crossing the border makes them automatically criminals in the sight of American authorities. I would argue that desperation to find a way to survive and provide for one’s family is not grounds for being classified a criminal. I do not categorically deny that there are those who are criminals. For instance, drug smuggling cartel members and human sex traders.