Nothing but the Facts

Spanish is the most spoken, by far, foreign language in the US where at least 37.6 million individuals speak it at home. [1]

Latino baseball players has jumped from about 13% in 1990 to 28% in 2010. [2]

The first university in the Americas was founded in Mexico City on September 22, 1551.

The first printing press in North America was setup in Mexico City in 1539, almost 100 years before the first one was brought to the United States in 1638. [3]

The California State Legislature enacted SB607 on February 22, 2005 formally acknowledging that US citizens and legal residents of Mexican descent were illegally removed or coerced out of the United States between 1929 and 1944.

Ten percent of the Medals of Honor awarded for World War II heroism were awarded to Hispanics.

Fifty-nine of the 3,493 Medal of Honor recipients are Hispanic, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Seven Mexican citizens have been awarded the Medal of Honor while serving in the US Armed Forces. [6]

First Lieutenant Oscar F. Perdomo (ASN: 0-763328), born in El Paso, Texas, of the 464 Fighter Squadron has the distinction of being the last “ace in a day” of World War II by shooting down five enemy fighters on August 13, 1945. An “ace” is a distinction attributed to a fighter pilot who becomes a fighter after their fifth enemy kill. An “ace in a day” is a fighter pilot who becomes an “ace” by shooting down five enemy airplanes in single day. Perdomo was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for “extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations. [8]

US officials: ISIS terrorists have never been proven to have entered the US through the US-Mexico border. [9]

All of the September 11, 2001 terrorists entered the US on valid immigration documents issued by US officials. [10]

Seventy percent of the paid labor on US farms is performed by immigrants. [12]

The availability of a foreign workforce willing to work for lower wages helps keep domestic food prices low. [12]

Most large commercial farms in the US have become highly dependent on foreign-born workers. [12]
Texas farmers opted not to use legal immigrant workers under the Bracero Program and instead hired undocumented workers who came to Texas. [13]

It was the Mexican government that insisted on a formal system for using Mexican labor during World War II. [14]

Texas governor Coke Stevenson pleaded the Mexican government for immigrant labor in the 1940’s but was rebuffed by the Mexican government because of Texas discrimination against Mexicans. [14]

INS district director at El Paso testified in 1951 to the US President’s Commission that every year he was ordered by higher-ups to go easy on deportations until the crops had been harvested.

Doris Meissner; “Congress didn’t foresee at the time that employers would want more immigrants in the years ahead.” Meissner was referring to the 1986 immigration law. [15]

Last update: December 1, 2014.