Waiting on Washington: Central American Workers in the by Terry Repak

By Terry Repak

In an research of modern immigration styles in Washington, D.C., Terry A. Repak records the weird predominance of ladies between valuable American immigrants. thirds of the arrival immigrants in previous a long time were ladies, a lot of them recruited via overseas diplomats and U.S. govt staff to paintings as housekeepers and nannies. Repak considers the exertions strength participation styles for girls in comparison to males, the impact of immigration laws—particularly the IRCA's asymmetric impression on ladies as opposed to men—and the profound alterations in gender roles and identities that accompany migration.

exhibiting a unprecedented volume of autonomy, every one of these immigrant ladies determined emigrate with out consulting both fathers or companions, they usually won even larger independence as soon as settled. Repak plots the occupation trajectories of diverse valuable American immigrant men and women to demonstrate the array of the women's responses, gender alterations within the migration and assimilation event, the provision of labor, and the prospect for upward mobility and better wages. offering social, financial and political context, she appears to be like on the stipulations that set the degree for this migration, together with the speedy growth of carrier jobs within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies in Washington, D. C. and the political strife in such valuable American nations as war-torn El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

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It authorized only half the requested amount of $95 million to be sent to the Salvadoran government, since no progress had been made in the investigation into the murders of six Jesuit priests in San Salvador the previous year. Eventually Alfredo Cristiani's conserv- Portrait of a Central American Sending Country 43 ative government was forced to negotiate an end to the war with the FMLN, and both parties signed a formal peace treaty in early 1992. 29 More than 75,000 people had died in the twelve-yearlong civil war.

The war and related military actions to depopulate certain areas of the country uprooted an estimated 200,000 families. Making matters worse, Hurricane Joan displaced a further 300,000 people in 1988. s. Congress cut military aid to the contras at the end of 1988. s. foreign policy makers waned and subsequently shifted away from the area. Apart from civil wars, the three major Central American sending countries shared a number of other structural characteristics that promoted migration since the 1960s.

Patricia Valle, for example, a mother of five, endured several years of death threats before she fled from Morazan Province in 1983. When a local death squad accused her partner of being a guerrilla sympathizer, he slipped across the border into Mexico knowing that assassins were searching for him. The night two men came to the house asking for him, Patricia was alone with her children. The men sent the children out of the house, then raped and beat her and seared her lips and hands with burning cigarettes, repeatedly demanding that she divulge the whereabouts of her partner.

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