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Monday, June 29th, 2015

Hispanic population reaches record 55 million, but growth has cooled

*While the U.S. Latino population continues to grow, there are some changes to report. The growth rate is slowing, and there is evidence that Latinos are dispersing widely across the country. VL By  Jens Manuel Kroogstad and Mark Hugo Lopez, Pew Hispanic Center The U.S. Hispanic population has been a key driver of the country’s

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

New Census data shows Latinos driving shift in U.S. population demographic

*This is a lot like watching food cook. We know what’s happening, it’s been happening since before the 2000 Census discovered Latinos. The growth is statistically undeniable and the yearly Census updates tell a recurring story –...

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Some Thoughts on Racial Identity

By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco I think we owe Rachel Dolezal thanks for bringing to the forefront an issue that was going to rear its head sooner or later—the complexity of racial identity in America.  The notion...

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

The Catch-22 of U.S. citizenship law

*What a story! A Latina is trying to prove that she’s an American citizen through a clause in the law called derivative citizenship – it means that if either of your parents are American citizens, you are...

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

The Myth of a White Minority

*The problem of racial and cultural identity becomes more difficult as Americans intermarry. Fifteen percent of new marriages cross lines, making new definitions possible, changing the way we see ourselves and others. VL By Richard Alba, The...

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Will California ever become a majority-Latino state? Maybe not

*Because the immigration from Mexico and Latin America has fallen after the recession, and because the U.S. Latino birthrate have fallen as well, the projections of when Latinos will become the majority in California have been adjusted....

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Study Shows Latinas are More Likely to Have Larger Families

*Latinas are still having more babies than others, but the mythical large Latino family is shrinking. This has economic, educational, and political implications.  VL   By Cristina Arreola, Latina By now you’ve heard the stereotype: Latinos all...

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

There is no such thing as “White Hispanic” – except in the census definitions

*A couple of things. First, the idea of whether Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is Hispanic, Latino, or “Hispanic enough” is bound to come up in commentary, opinion or general reporting. That said, this piece uses Cruz...

Monday, March 9th, 2015

The Census predicts the share of immigrants will surge over the next 50 years

*This is fascinating. The percentage of immigrants in the U.S. is going to grow, but that’s becase of a steady increase of immigrants coupled with a steady decline in U.S. birthrate. The percentage is projected to surpass...

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Punjabi Sikh-Mexican American community fading into history

*These things are true: Latinos are leading the American transformation to a multi-racial society. This is because Latinos are multi-racial to begin with, and because Latinos are marrying non-Latinos in great numbers. But this isn’t new. This...

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Marriage Rates Are Falling, And For Some Faster Than Others

*There are interesting statistics about Latinos and marriage laced throughout this article. But I love the end. I won’t spoil the read for you. But that Rockwellesque notion of the traditional American family now has a definite...

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Afro-Latinos Seek Recognition, And Accurate Census Count

*Another valid aspect in the complicated narrative of Latino identity. VL By Raul A. Reyes, NBC News NEW YORK, NY — Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize the contributions of Latinos in the U.S., yet...

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Puerto Rican Population Declines on Island, Grows on U.S. Mainland

*The main reasons for migration of any kind are economy and safety. An economic push is moving people from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland. VL By D’Vera Cohn, Eileen Patten and Mark Hugo  Lopez, Pew Hispanic...

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Hispanic population surging across Middle Georgia

*What I like about this story is that there is a potential for political change in places where politics was a set-in-stone deal. It’s exciting to see Latino influence growing outside of the usual Latino enclaves. VL...

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