Immigrant Impact

Mike Danahey | Sept. 14, 2013 | College of Arts and Letters

Mike Amezcua

Growing up in Los Angeles, Mike Amezcua heard stories about how his great-grandparents emigrated from Michoacán, Mexico to find work in Chicago during the 1920s.

“They were setting roots in the city and had their first child,” explains Amezcua, a new faculty hire in Notre Dame’s Department of History and the Institute for Latino Studies. “But at the height of the Great Depression, they were swiftly deported as national anxieties about the economy turned Mexicans into scapegoats and pushed local agencies to send people back to Mexico, including American-born children.

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