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Hispanic American Diversity 1 Hispanic American Diversity This is a brief summary of the linguistic, political, social, economic, religious, and familial status of the Mexican American, Puerto Rican American, Cuban American, and Central/South American ethnic groups. Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central/South Americans all have very much in common, yet remain separate ethnic groups, descended from various ancestors. Many come to the United States for political asylum. Others were looking to escape poor social or economic conditions. In 2006, the United States Census Bureau estimated that more than 44 million people or 14.3% of the population was Hispanic. By the year 2050, almost one quarter of the population is estimated to be Hispanic. Nearly half of the Hispanic population in this country lives either in California or Texas (US Census Bureau, 2008). Hispanics do share the language of the Spanish language. Even though this is the case some still do not know how to speak or even understand this language. Mexican Americans Language retention or assimilation is an index of how well a group of immigrants become part of a new country. In areas of high concentrations of Mexican Americans, language retention is high. At that 2000 census, almost 75 percent of Mexican Americans still spoke Spanish at home. “ As of 2002, about 23 percent of Mexican Americans are English dominant, 26 percent are bilingual, and 51 percent are Spanish dominant.” (Pretence Hall) Mexican Americans do not have many entrepreneurships or a wide-spread ethnic economy like the Cuban Americans established in Miami. Throughout the history of
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