Race-Ethnicity Paper

Submitted By ShatteredOne77
Words: 454
Pages: 2

Near 50 million Latinos currently lives the United States, including legal and illegal immigrants. Each year over a million Mexicans attempt to get by the border and enter the U.S. but are caught and returned to Mexico. This has led to drastic measures taken by U.S. officials who built walls at different points along the border between U.S. and Mexico, along with volunteers who continuously monitor the border. With the amount of immigration of Latinos, who primarily speak Spanish, coming to the United States has made it one of the largest Spanish-speaking nations in the world. The increased prevalence of the Spanish language has caused some people to view it as a threat. One senator even tried to initiate an “English-only” amendment in a feeble attempt to abolish the threat all together. The country of their origin for Latinos is extremely significant to them, to the point where they don’t even consider themselves Latino but refer to themselves in terms of their country of origin. People from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, or El Salvador all consider themselves different from the others, which is why they refer to themselves by their country of origin, so they aren’t grouped together with the other countries. Each of these countries has a social class, and for the most part, the higher classes fled their countries for the United States earlier than the lower classes, allowing them to establish themselves into businesses and institutions. But even still, there are only two Latino senators and they only hold five percent of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Comparing Latinos to Whites and other races and ethnicities shows how severely worse off they are then other races or ethnicities. Latinos in