Wells Hispanic Diversity

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Running head: HISPANIC AMERICAN DIVERSITY 1 Hispanic American Diversity Heather Wells ETH/125 August 14, 2011 Bob Nobis
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HISPANIC AMERICAN DIVERSITY 2 Hispanic American Diversity Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican Americans have distinct cultural identities, which are rich in familial ties. Each has been grouped into the Hispanic American category based on the language spoken. Though they share the Spanish language, each is different in their dialect and origin. Many Hispanics come to the United States in search of the American Dream. Settled Americans were not very accepting of immigrants. Many are working hard to escape the statuses of earlier generations, who could not attain the American dream because of failing to attain legal status (Bonin, 2008). Mexican Americans make up approximately 10.3% of the United States population. There are over 31 million Americans listed from Mexican ancestry. Mexican immigrants come from lower classes and families that are employed in low skill jobs. They are mostly from rural areas; many new immigrants were not skilled in white-collar jobs. Mexican Americans have faced discrimination since the first Mexican crossed the border into the United States. They are subjected to immigration raids; this was because the majority of illegal immigrants are of Latin American descent. In areas where there is a large Mexican American population many are blue- collar workers, generally as restaurant workers, janitors, truck drivers, gardeners, construction laborers, movers, or they perform other types of manual labor. Because of language barriers, many Mexican Americans are taken advantage of with their work ethic and with employment wages (Mexican American ). Some Mexican Americans have made their way to fame in America. Many are artists, actors, musicians, politicians, scientists, religious leaders, poets,
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HISPANIC AMERICAN DIVERSITY 3 authors, and sports players. Even with the stereotypes, some Mexican Americans have been able to go beyond the biases to excel in their industries. Puerto Ricans only represent one percent of the American population, but 14 percent of the
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course ETH 125 125 taught by Professor Jordan during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.

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