Some say the fatalism of Latin American cultures is a poor fit in a society built on Anglo-Saxon values.
Some say that America’s growing tolerance for cultural diversity may encourage modern immigrants and their offspring to retain ethnic identities that were seen by yesterday’s immigrants as a handicap. Long live the salad bowl.) Alternatively, some say that Latinos’ brown skin makes assimilation difficult in a country where white remains the racial norm.
Illegal immigration, in particular, has become a highly-charged political issue in recent times.
It is also a relatively new phenomenon; past immigration waves did not generate large numbers of illegal immigrants because the U. imposed fewer restrictions on immigration flow in the past than it does now.
Only about one-in-four (24%) generally use the term “American” first. S.-born children of immigrants, “American” is somewhat more commonly used as a primary term of self-identification.This report takes an in-depth look at Hispanics who are ages 16 to 25, a phase of life when young people make choices that—for better and worse—set their path to adulthood.For this particular ethnic group, it is also a time when they navigate the intricate, often porous borders between the two cultures they inhabit—American and Latin American.The report explores the attitudes, values, social behaviors, family characteristics, economic well-being, educational attainment and labor force outcomes of these young Latinos.It is based on a new Pew Hispanic Center telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,012 Latinos, supplemented by the Center’s analysis of government demographic, economic, education and health data sets. Young Latinos are satisfied with their lives, optimistic about their futures and place a high value on education, hard work and career success.