During the Great Depression
in the 1930s, the U.S. government looked for ways to ease the country's financial hardship. In order to make more jobs available, the government deported more than 500,000 Mexican-Americans in what was called "Mexican Repatriation."
However, many of those deported to Mexico were American citizens born in the U.S. These people have never received an apology or public acknowledgement of their suffering. However, there are two bills
in California ready to be signed by Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger that would fund a commission to research this event and would allow victims to file claims against the U.S. for damage incurred because of the deportations.