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American Hispanics by Herminne Tonita -

In 1950 the population of the United Sates included fewer than four million resident "Hispanics"- that is people originating from Spanish-speaking countries. By the mid 1980s the number had increased to 17,6 million and was still rising fast. In some parts of the United States, especially in the South and West, it became more common to hear Spanish spoken on the streets than English.

About 60% of the United States' resident Hispanics was partly the result of an important change in the American immigration system. The old immigration laws, which dated back to the 1920s had favored Europeans. But in 1965 a new law said that what would count in the future was who applied first.

The result was a big increase in immigration from non-European countries. By the 1980s the United States was officially accepting 270,000 newcomers a year. Forty percent of these were from Latin America.

Many others immigrants entered the United States without permission. In 1985 the government estimated that the country had between two and ten million of these illegal immigrants, half a million of whom had arrived in the previous year. Many were Hispanics, who had waded across the shallow Rio Grande River that formed the border between the United States and Mexico. For obvious reasons, people who entered the United States in this way were called "wetbacks".

Today immigrants came from Latin countries are considered as part of the American nation and they have integrated perfectly in the American way of living. For example in Miami 60% of the population speaks Spanish, which represents more than half of the people living there. There are TV and radio programs only for the Hispanics but also newspapers and magazines. They have become financially independent and they Americans had been forced to recognize their increasing power.
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Category: Education  - ( Education Archive)

Date Added: 23 June '07


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