Latino’s in the United States
have been in the Pacific Northwest since the 1850s, and they have
continued to migrate to America for the chance of a better life. Revolution and the resulting
chaotic economic conditions in Mexico caused hundreds of thousands of Mexicans to enter the
United States in the years from 1917 to the outbreak of the Great Depression in1929. Today most
Mexican Americans make up six out of ten of the Hispanic according to the census count 2000,
the majority of which live in the states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Speakers
of Mexican American language are English Only (EO) speakers. The Mexican American
language, also known as Chicano English, is the product of two major relexi"cations that took
place in the history of Mexico over the past 500 years (relexi"cation is a term from linguistics for
the mechanism by which one language changes its lexicon to that of another language).
41.3 million Latinos in the United States 2004, about 23 percent (9.5 million) identify
themselves as Protestants or other Christians (including Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons).
Moreover, 37 percent (14.2 million) of all Latino Protestants and Catholics say they have been
born again or are evangelical, according to statistics compiled in the volume, Latino Religions
and Civic Activism in the United States (2005, Oxford University Press).
In Politics, with the Mexican Americans,
in just the last decade, are showing significant
political activity around issues such as environmental, racism, immigration, and affirmative
action. Political participation has increased significantly over the past few years. With these
issues along with education, housing, healthcare, and others, it has promoted action from groups
who are striving for equality for Mexican Americans, just as civil rights leaders do for African
Mexican Americans are a diverse political group whose interests cannot be easily
pigeonholed, and therefore members of politics work hard to get the Mexican American vote,