Archive for Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Poll: U.S. Hispanics want to fit in while retaining identity

July 21, 2010


— Hispanics are eager to blend into American society while still maintaining their cultural identity, a paradox that reflects the complex beliefs of the nation’s fastest-growing minority. Yet there are limits to assimilation — most don’t expect the United States to elect a Latino president in the next 20 years.

An Associated Press-Univision poll of more than 1,500 Latinos uncovered several distinct trends. Hispanics worry more than most Americans about losing jobs and paying bills. They place a high importance on education and expect their children to go to college.

The poll, also sponsored by The Nielsen Company and Stanford University, showed that Hispanics are torn between hopes for tomorrow and daily doses of financial stress.

“The situation is bad now, but I have faith that this is going to change,” said Yadilka Aramboles, a 32-year-old Miamian from the Dominican Republic.

She eyes her three young children playing on the sidewalk and sees college in their future — even though her husband’s modest accountant’s income barely covers the family’s most basic expenses. “For me and my children, I aspire to something more,” Aramboles said.

America’s 47 million Hispanics face acute economic and political pressures.

The recession that erased millions of jobs has taken an especially heavy toll on Latinos, whose average income is lower than many other groups.

And the Hispanic community has been jolted by election-season debate over the country’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, a debate that has increased in intensity following Arizona’s enactment of a law that requires police, while enforcing other laws, to question a person’s immigration status if officers have a reasonable suspicion he or she is in the country illegally.

About three-quarters of the nation’s illegal immigrants are Hispanic, according to the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center.

Just over half in the survey, 54 percent, say it is important that they change to assimilate into society, yet about two-thirds, 66 percent, say Latinos should maintain their distinct culture.


Maddy Griffin 7 years, 11 months ago

Has no one read the plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty?

ivalueamerica 7 years, 11 months ago

Fact: More Latino immigrant learn English than American immigrants to other countries learn that language

Fact: the historical English rate for immigrants to the USA pre-WWII showed that most non-English speaking European immigrants took between 2 and 4 generations to speak English and in fact there were literally thousands of public schools across the country taught in German, Polish, Check and other languages.

Fact: The USA has no official language

Fact: More than 95% of first generation Latino immigrants learn English and more than 98.5% of second generation, leaving the real numbers quite miniscule.

This is another red herring to try and keep American from changing color.

Yes, I think English should be a priority, but I am not going to be racist about it, ignorant about it, lie or exagerate to make the point because, quite simply, that would be un-American and I am not a traitor nor a racist.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 11 months ago

I just can't understand why ANYONE, especially Blacks would ever be hostile towards you Nancy-Tom.

ivalueamerica 7 years, 11 months ago

It breaks my heart that the post from Tom was removed. Offering his opinions on what mexican peole are like and how black people are was such a clear indication of who he is, it should have stayed.

ivalueamerica 7 years, 11 months ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

rbwaa 7 years, 11 months ago

thanks for providing that link where Cosby himself debunks the stupid "quote" from BenWaMudFlapTroll. hopefully readers and commenters here will take the time to follow the link.

rbwaa 7 years, 11 months ago

hey, BenWaMudFlapTroll got disappearrreded - how appropriate and appreciated...

Amy Heeter 7 years, 11 months ago

Tom sure knows how to rile liberals in the morning.

brujablanco 7 years, 11 months ago

Tom sure likes to be racist - morning, noon and night - how about you?

jonas_opines 7 years, 11 months ago

So. . . who're you again? I've never heard of you.

ivalueamerica 7 years, 11 months ago

becauase they do not allow racist comments here, I would think.

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