History of Latino Immigration

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Lauren Rodriguez History of Latino Immigration Group Project/Newsletter Although America has prided itself on being the land of the free and the home of the brave, hatred and disrespect for immigrants “has always been part of the collective American consciousness”, (The Hispanic Challenge? What We Know About Latino Immigration). Attitudes towards immigrants for the majority have largely been negative and detrimental to the integration of policies, disproportionately affecting members of the Latino community. In recent years the Hispanic population has increased, becoming the nation’s largest minority community. As stated by the U.S. Census Bureau, this is a significant event that is fundamental to the future of the United States, (Vidal de Haymes 102). Largely concentrated in the South and West, over half of the nation’s Latinos reside in California and Texas, (Vidal de Haymes 107). Disproportionately affected by a higher population of Latino immigrants, these two states are faced with the challenge integrating newcomers in its society, (The Hispanic Challenge? What We Know About Latino Immigration). In the past ten years, however, Latino migrants have settled and integrated into more areas that have had previously only a small number of immigrants. As a result, changing the work economy and reducing work wages for both U.S. residents and Latinos thus creating a negative attitude and punishing immigrants who work hard and “taking jobs away from” Americans. Ironically, however, most of the wages earned by Latino immigrants are reinvested back into the economy, despite the notion that income is also sent back to their home countries, (The Hispanic Challenge? What We Know About Latino Immigration). Additionally, the social demographics of this group are important because they serve as vital implications for public policy. For example, about one-third of the
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