Required reading for Illinois students

Mexican discrimination history lesson
October 10, 2009 6:49:50 PM PDT
Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed a bill Saturday requiring Illinois public schools to teach about the expulsion of Mexicans and Mexican Americans during the depression.The governor visited Morton East High School to thank the bill's sponsor, democratic state representative Elizabeth Hernandez. She formerly served on his staff.

Before signing the bill, Quinn called the expulsion an un-American act of discrimination.

Historians say those who were forced out of the country--including some U.S. citizens-- were accused of taking jobs from Americans, and using social services.


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