Essay about Hispanic Groups in the United States

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Running Head: HISPANIC GROUPS IN THE UNITED STATES

Hispanic Groups in the United States
Harley D. Palmer
ETH 125
September 5, 2010
Dr. Carol Grant

Hispanics in the United States have a history rooted for centuries. Many different cultures make up this group dubbed ‘Hispanics’, each with their own identity, culture, and struggles. However, they do group together in a common fight to gain a more stable and positive foot hold in the U.S. Mexican Americans seem to have the strongest and yet weakest position in the United States. Their presence is clouded with negative images of ‘all Mexicans’ being illegal aliens or harboring illegal aliens. They appear to dominate the news more so than other Hispanic groups, causing
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While this is more difficult, thousand of Puerto Ricans still immigrate to the mainland. At one time, Puerto Ricans settled in inner-city neighborhoods in New York, Newark, Chicago, and Philadelphia. However, they have recently moved to many rural areas. (Carmona, 2009) Politically, Puerto Rico holds an important part as they fight for statehood or outright independence from the United States. Puerto Ricans themselves are almost split down the middle on which side they support. Either way, Puerto Ricans truly want to regain their cultural identity. (Schaefer, 2006) Similar to Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans lag far behind White Americans in education and health care. Often times, these two Hispanic groups are forced to attend schools that are vastly under-funded. This adds to the viscous cycle of poverty that surrounds these two groups as they struggle to gain a higher footing in the United States. (Schaefer, 2006) Puerto Ricans have made a huge impact in the United States. Amazingly, Jose Ferrer, a Puerto Rican, was selected as the American citizen with the best English diction in the entire United States! That alone tells how far Puerto Ricans have come in our society, despite the fact that they still struggle to get out of the poverty level. (Carmona, 2009) Cubans are the third largest Hispanic group in the United States. Cuban immigration issues are founded by economic issues that the group

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