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The others. They were portrayed in the newspapers as examples of the criminal youth in the barrios. This portrayal was a stereotype and was unfair to all the young people of the barrios. The trial ended in January 1943. Seventeen of the young men went to prison, including Leyvas, who was given a life sentence. Shortly after the verdict was announced, leaders of the Mexican-American community formed the Sleepy Lagoon Defense Committee to get the verdict reversed. The committee received support from Hollywood stars, labor unions, and even Immigrants Depart and Return 56 Immigrants Depart and Return members of Congress.
S. government decided to crack down on the illegal immigration. In a program called Operation Wetback, more than a million of these immigrants were rounded up and sent back to Mexico. But this did not stop other immigrants from illegally entering the United States. Over the next two decades, more and more crossed the border and found homes in the barrios of large cities like Los Angeles. Between 1960 and 1975, 700,000 Mexican immigrants entered the United States legally, while an estimated 7 million crossed the border illegally.
Some went to Texas and Arizona, while others settled in the fertile valleys of California. Thousands of unemployed workers were willing to take any kind of job, even the low-paying work of picking fruits and vegetables in the fields. In the past, these jobs had belonged primarily to Mexican immigrants working as migrant laborers. Now, these immigrants were pushed out of work by the new families arriving in California. The Anglos also took jobs in the canneries, where fruits and vegetables were canned for shipment to other parts of the country.
Mexican Immigrants (Immigration to the United States) by Richard Worth