Essay on United States and Hispanic Race Tatyana

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Challenges and the Hispanic Race

Tatyana Lorde
Professor V Gravelli
Pol 7200

America is made up of many different minorities. Some minorities however are more respected than others. This has a lot to do with America’s relationship with that country as well as the social status of that minority. Although every minority faces challenges each day, the minority that suffers the most in my opinion are Mexicans. The Hispanic population is 54 million of the United States as of July 1, 2013, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 17 percent of the nation's total population.
America has not always been a fan of Hispanics and them immigrating to America. There are arguments that the Hispanic immigrants come here to commit crimes. Rape, kidnapping, homicides, drug deals and robbery are some of common. A popular federal crime between illegal immigrants is identity theft. Identity theft is when somebody stole social security cards, birth certificates, identification cards, driver licenses and any other type of identification that can be misused or falsify. On occasion the anti-immigrants have horrible experiences with the illegal immigrant that make them discriminated against all. Americas fault is that we think all Hispanic immigrants are all the same; they’re illegal and come to this country to commit crimes. But the Hispanic immigrants come to this country to achieve the American dream. Most of the time Hispanics move to U.S. to have better opportunities, our pre-judgment on them makes it impossible for them to start a life here. Constantly feeling like you cannot succeed leads many people to act out in a criminal matter and look for other ways to make means. With such a high population percentage and growing, Hispanics were deemed as the “Job takers”. Many Americans feared that Hispanics would enter our country and occupy majority of the jobs there was to offer. What made it even worse was that majority of these Mexicans migrating over was doing it illegally. America’s workforce is 58.9 percent Mexican. Although Hispanics take up quite a percentage of our work force they face a great deal of challenges compared to other minorities. One challenge faced in the workplace is safety. Hispanics are overrepresented in jobs that typically involve higher risk of bodily harm or physical injury, such as construction or farm labor. The increase of Hispanic workers in these industries means that more Hispanic employees could be injured on the job. This is a very serious matter especially being that roughly 30 percent of Hispanics in the U.S. lack health coverage. Another workforce issue is the discrimination of Hispanic workers. In a study conducted by Rutgers University, 22 percent of Hispanic/Latino workers reported experiencing workplace discrimination, compared to only 6 percent of whites. The lack of education may also be a problem for some Hispanic workers who were unable to receive an education before coming to the United States. Unfortunately, the focus on illegal immigration as a political issue has encouraged Americans to get a negative view on Hispanic citizens. One suggestion to rectify this issue is that employers should encourage diversity training or workshops in the workplace to help foster tolerance and understanding among all employees.
Hispanics are the most discriminated against when it comes to housing as well. The U.S. Census Bureau demonstrated that more than 20 percent of Hispanic households in America house 5 or more people. A study was conducted to prove just how much Hispanics/Latinos were being discriminated against. Denver Metro Fair Housing Center sent two people, one white and one Latino to the same apartment building to inquire about renting a unit. The two people had similar incomes and similar employment and rental histories. The center's investigation is based on 34 pairs of people seeking housing. Eleven of the pairs