LA County Officials Issue Formal Apology For 1930s Repatriation Of More Than 1 Million Citizens To Mexico

LOS ANGELES (CBS) – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors issued a formal apology for the repatriation of more than 1 million U.S. citizens who were forced to relocate to Mexico in the 1930s.

Supervisor Gloria Molina recommended the apology to those of Mexican ancestry who were coerced to leave the United States in the face of threats and acts of violence beginning in 1929.

It is estimated that 2 million people were moved in the mass migration and about 60 percent of those were born in the U.S.

About 400,000 U.S. citizens and legal residents were moved to Mexico from California alone.

“United States citizens and legal residents were separated from their families and country and were deprived of their livelihood and United States Constitutional rights, and many were never reunited with their families,” Molina said.

Regrettably, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors participated in these efforts.”

Following raids on Mexican-American communities, families were often forced to abandon property, which might then be sold as “payment” for transportation to Mexico, Molina said.

The Legislature formally apologized for the repatriation in 2005. A commemorative plaque will be installed at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Sunday.

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  • dont break the law folks


  • Ossie

    Who’s going to apologize for the rampant gridlock during rush hour or the upwardluy spiraling national debt caused in part by payments to entitlement programs and burgeoning public school enrollment of those at the lower end of the performance scale?

  • Brutal Honesty

    Minorities in this country consistently prove to be out of control especially when they sit on school boards or get positions of power through fake affirmative action and people who feel guilty that they are white and think that it is the system that holds minorities down not their own lack of ability to compete in a capitalist society that is based on individual merit. Imagine if this country had only white people and the immigrants were from India, Asia and Europe.

    We would have a fraction of the problems that we have from these reckless uncultured leeches that we pay for head over heel to make sure that we can feed and support their enormous families that have no father to speak of and so much ignorance on the parents behalf that they just continue to pump out poor babies with no hope of ever moving up in a capitalist society because they feel that the role of government is just to continue to “help” them.

    Please. I am fed up with this racket these useless idiots that fail in every single country they are in, especially in countries they are in charge of, run on good honest people that believe in equality.

    Liberalism is killing you white people. Wake up.

    People only immigrate to white countries, there are no third world white country, and whites don’t flock to other countries for a reason. Your own empathy and liberal values that have taken thousands of years of reason and philosophical thinking are killing you white people! When you are gone, there will be no culture on Earth that contributes to mankind as a whole as your own culture, the one they consistently force you to believe doesn’t exist.

    You are told that you are supposed to be tolerant even when someone offends your cultural beliefs, you are supposed to look at the world through the other persons eyes. WHAT ABOUT YOUR CULTURE, YOUR VALUES, YOUR BELIEFS, the fact that YOUR PEOPLE created almost EVERYTHING in modern society.

    They had their scars and they made mistakes and they did the wrong thing on certain occasions and that should be noted, however they also created modern law, the greatest constitution on the face of the Earth, Cars, Planes, Trains, Antibiotics, Television, the Internet, modern Academia, all successful non oppressive forms of government

    I say this as someone who is married to somebody who is not white and has a son that I love more than life itself who is only half white. It is not the race, it is the culture, the culture you are taught is wrong, the culture you are taught to ignore, the culture you are taught does not exist and multiculturalism is the answer to your own “lack” of culture.

    In white neighborhoods in the vast majority of America, you do not have to even lock your door. Yea, white people are so terrible, they just don’t understand minorities PLEASE.

    Name a successful country based on the principles of freedom, limited government and human rights that was not founded and ran by white people. You can’t. And yet you are all taught in school even through the collegiate level that white people are somehow a plague on the planet that subjugates, dominates and enslaves even till today.

    Imagine what the world would be like if white Europeans didn’t exist…. Yea it would be a nightmare without any inventions, advanced civilization or cultural evolution. But hey, maybe I just drank a little to much Jack Daniels tonight and for once a proud white, educated American told you the truth….

    Prepare for the end even if it doesn’t happen now, it is going to happen within your life time. Go to my website, get prepared for when the SHTF folks because this model we have now is UNSUSTAINABLE and you know it.

  • jim

    forcing anyone with american values out of america is basically the most unamerican thing that can be done

    • Ali

      Families chose to take their US-born kids with them rather than leave them behind, something illegal aliens would do well to emulate. After all, we’re constantly told how Latinos value families. This is a good example of it.

  • alg

    Jim, you talk like a man with a square ah.
    Of course the mexican people thought that this part of the US was theirs. They were taught as the years went by that this was true.
    So they said, ok, lets go back to the us by any means possible.Then we’ll spread through the US and rape every white woman we can find. Then we’ll have integrated into the mainstream of America, and by God, they did just that.
    What they did was bring over the years 14 million people back into the US.
    Now the whole thing is starting all over again. WAIT YOU’LL SEE

  • Grizzle

    We must get rid of them all!!

    • G. Jackson

      I commend the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the Formal Apology issued today for the very unfortunate repatriation of more than 1 million United States citizens of Mexican, Spanish, Basque, African, and Jewish descent who were coerced to relocate to Mexico in the 1930’s. Some of these citizens did not speak Spanish at all and were forced out of the only home they knew without due process. Thank you so much for righting a wrong and beginning the process of healing in our communities!

  • Mexicrites

    Supervisor Gloria Molina needs to apologize to the tribes of those sacred burials Mexicans uncovered in Placita Olvera in which they just kept digging to create a Mexican heritage museum or center.

  • Mexicrites

    TODAY Mexico needs to APOLOGIZE for deporting Central and South Americans from Mexico and the numerous human rights violations they commit to those people.


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