Essay about Racial Discrimination and Hispanics in the United States

1508 Words Oct 20th, 2011 7 Pages
Racial discrimination among Hispanics in the United States is on the rise along with stricter immigration laws, inadequate education for ESL classes, as well as they are prey to healthcare disparities. Data shows that many states in the United States are implementing tougher immigration laws for their individual states. Also, due to education cuts and kick-backs, English as a second language classes are becoming fewer in many school districts. Finally, health care disparities among Hispanics are on the rise due to lack of insurance, language barriers, and not enough medical resources to meet their needs. Recent data illustrates that many states in the U.S. are passing tougher immigrant laws within their states. For example, as of July 1, …show more content…
These classes are becoming fewer in many school districts throughout the United States. The Census Bureau estimates that Hispanics will account for 30 percent of the United States population in 2050. From just 2001 thru 2008, the percentage of Hispanics in the U. S. public schools grew from 17% to 21%. In the state of Texas, Hispanics make up the majority of public school students. This fact still doesn’t grab the attention of policymakers and educators. There is no increase in the number of ESL (English as Secondary language) classes being implemented. Instead, in the U.S. only 17 percent of Hispanic fourth-graders score proficient or better on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (a test given to samples of students throughout the U.S. each year) on the other hand, non-Hispanic white students performed at 42 percent of fourth-graders to score proficient or better. According to the Alliance for Excellent Education nationally, the U. S. high school graduation rate for Hispanics is just at 64 percent and only 7 percent of them become college students. (Time, 2011) This brings us to two major issues and they are the fact that the U. S. Hispanic population is sky rocketing and the inadequate education of these students will put these students on a collision course for failure. It is clear that the United States needs to meet this challenge of meeting the educational needs of the Hispanic population.

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