I'm honestly not even sure on where to start. I guess by pointing out the problem with the question itself. Why Mexican peoples? It sounds as if everyone on here believes to be a refugee in the US automatically classifies you as Mexican. That's right REFUGEE, not "alien", not "immigrant", not "illegal", not "indian", or any other incorrect label out there that's been forced on us. The fact is, Mexicans aren't the only refugees in the US. Everyone needs to lose that reflex for a thought.
The issue about "americans" feeling superior has a lot to do with the first european terrorists that arrived here, and the Mexican-American war. When whites first invaded Anahuac ("north america"), they made themselves superior by establishing caste systems. Of course, whites placed themselves on top, and those who were "full" indigenous blood were placed at the bottom. It was a pshycological tactic. The closer you were to the bottom of that caste system, which consisted of over 50 labels in many places, the worse you were treated. With time, many indigenous themselves tried anything to make themselves of lighter skin. Why do you think soap operas from Mexico never consist of darker skinned peoples, which would better represent the highly indigenous population in Mexico, but instead white European look alikes??? Since europeans first invaded Anahuac, there's always existed the subconscious idea, especially in the media, "the lighter the better."
The issue about Mexican "hurting" the economy. That's part of a historical cycle. Refugees, especially from Mexico, have always been pushed and pulled. For instance, during World War 2, many many MANY whites in the US left to fight. The agricultural sector in the US was particularly impacted, which is why the US initiated the Bracero Program. C'MON MEXICANS. COME ON OVER. YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME IN THE US. COME WORK IF YOU LIKE....... Workers came, especially from Mexico. World War 2 ended, Whites returned from the war. The US now did not need the temporary work force so what did it initiate next? Operation ******* of 1964. Look it up, that's what it was actually called. US officials especially in the Southwest terrorized Indigenous peoples for simply "looking" mexican. Over 700,000 were either deported or fled. This cycle started much earlier and includes all communities especially of asian decent. i.g. the Chinese exclusion act. Point being, currently a negative image is imposed by the US particularly because of post 9/11 times. Right now, anything "foriegn" is supposed to be feared.
Like I said, it also has a lot to do with the Mexican-American war. When the US stole the entire northern half of Mexico's territory, a inferior image was placed on Mexicans for "losing" the war. Whites felt even MORE superior than they already did. Why do you think educational opportunities, and communities of colored people are so poor. It's all a mind game in which the government purposely manipulates everyones lives by establishing stereotypes for all groups. The caste systems that european terrorists brought long ago are not openly used as were 500 years ago, but as i said, it's a subconscience situation we all need to lose. It's these mentalities that keep wars between different groups going.
With this, Josie, think about when discussing the topic of language. Not all Mexican peoples speak spanish. There's an ENORMOUS percentage of people that still speak indigenous languages. If they want to speak that, why not? There is no law that say we all have to speak a certain language in "america". The US does not even have an official language. Don't believe me? Look it up. That's why I'm always so puzzled when ignorant people say things like, "speak english, you're in 'america'". I try hard not to laugh.
Safejourney, you speak about gangs and whatnot. But remember that being a gangmember is not something hereditary. Being a gangmember/criminal, are both created and never born. With that, think about the unfair situations people of color/indigenous people have to face.
Too many. Trust me, I read a lot.