Hispanic Political Participation

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Socioeconomic status, citizenship, and national origin are three factors that affect Hispanic political participation. These factors are known to be the independent variables and Hispanic political participation is the dependent variable. Either positively or negatively the independent variable can affect the dependent variable depending on its factors. Socioeconomic status is a factor that affects Hispanic political participation. This factor is based on income, education, gender, and age. Being economically stable and well educated will certainly increase the affiliation with political affairs. (Hero, Pg. 96) Compared with those people with low income and that do not have an education prior to high school. Age can also affect political participation among Hispanics. Youths are not politically involved; they don’t realize the role that politics has in their lives. Older individuals tend to be more involved because they are concerned with issues involving insurance, social security, and retirement. Our next hypothesis is citizenship. In the Hispanic community there are individuals that are U.S. citizens, residents, and illegal immigrants, only U.S. citizens are allowed to vote in elections. For example, in California there are 12 municipalities that 50% of their population is illegal immigrants; these individuals are hardworking people that pay taxes and send their children to public schools. (Bedolla 2009) However, they are not allowed to participate in political elections. Many non-citizens have problems learning the English language and that serves as a barrier for them to participate in campaigns, rallies, or public meetings since they are all conducted in the English language. We can conclude that in our unit of analysis when comparing non-citizenship with U.S. citizens, there is a relation that affects the Hispanic political participation. Cultural
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