Graduation Date


Document Type

Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Humanities and Cultural Studies

Department or Program Chair

Chase Clow, PhD Candidate

First Reader

Martin Anderson, PhD


Immigration from Mexico into the United States has contributed to the marginalization of undocumented immigrants in American society. This thesis will analyze the reasons undocumented immigrants believe undocumented immigration is the only solution for their economic hardships. Along with the examination of immigration legislation, beginning with the 1986 Amnesty to 2012 laws affecting the undocumented immigrant community, this thesis will examine why immigrants from Mexico decide to immigrate into the United States and join certain industries within California’s labor force. Socioeconomic impacts of certain laws targeted toward the undocumented immigrants will also be studied. Finally, investigation on why many undocumented immigrants are unaware of their rights and of the impact this lack of knowledge has on the greater community will be the final point in this thesis.