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A Dark Period of American History

DID YOU KNOW? The Los Angeles City Council recently approved a resolution which recalls the forcible removal of Mexican Americans during the Great Depression. More than 2 million people of Mexican descent were forcibly relocated to Mexico between 1929 and 1944. In California alone, 400,000 American citizens were relocated, many of whom were never able to return to the United States.

"This sort of injustice leaves scars that take generations to heal," said Councilmember Alarcón. "We have a responsibility to never forget this period of American history so we can ensure this injustice never happens again."

The Resolution also honors the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) for its efforts to seek legal action for those whose basic civil liberties were violated. This news release was issued by Councilmember Richard Alarcón, 7th District, Los Angeles, on February 24, 2012.