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.
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.
subjected to immigration raids; this was because the majority of illegal immigrants are of Latin
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,
authors, and sports players. Even with the stereotypes, some Mexican Americans have been able
to go beyond the biases to excel in their industries.