Latinos in America

Latinos are part of a group that is growing faster than all other groups (50% since 1990) and expected to continue grow rapidly because high immigration, fertility rates, the youthfulness current population. Classified as “hispanic,” The Latinos are members of a very diverse group, in terms of socioeconomic positions, religions, racial classifications and national origins.

Latinos in America
Latino? Hispanic? Spanish speaker? Native born? When it comes to describing Latino identity in the United States today, the one common thread is its sheer diversity.

Indeed, in 2014, the Hispanic population in the United States reached a high of 55.4 million, or 17.4% of the total U.S. population. Native-born Hispanics are now the driving force behind the current population growth.
Being a Latino in the U.S. can sometimes mean an evolving sense of identity. Being Latino can mean so many different things, rooted in about two dozen different places of origin. We see that Mexicans comprised the majority of all Latinos (58.5% or 20.6 million). Puerto Ricans were the second largest Latino group, constituting 9.6% of all Latinos.Cubans were the next largest single national origin group and constitute 3.5% of the total Latino population, followed by Dominicans with 2.2%. Collectively, the Central American countries accounted for 4.8% of the total Latino pie. And though Latinos may have a language in common, there isn’t a singular voice or narrative for the Latino experience.

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Latinos have been part of the U.S.

landscape for centuries but many of the Latin community are feeling fear and pain over the worsening situation after Donald Trump becomes president. Hispanics are divided about what a Donald Trump presidency means for their place in America. The economic contribution that Latinos make are substantial and yet a rising share believes the situation of U.S. Hispanics is worsening and that about half of Hispanics are worried about the deportation of someone they know. Hispanics who do not hold U.S. citizenship and do not hold a green card – a group likely to be in the country without authorization – are more likely than the U.S. born and other immigrants to express concern.

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Many Latinos are no longer welcome or made to feel particularly safe in America. In Trump’s America, to be Hispanic is to be an alien and speaking Spanish is a thing to fear or hide. The criticism coming from Trump’s mouth “bad hombres”,” rapist”,”lazy” — have been the spark needed to ignite this racial war in America. And it really doesn’t matter if you are technically a U.S. citizent. America is no longer the land of the free. You lose your freedom the moment you realize you are being defined and judged by those adjectives” — Latino, brown, illegal.


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