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    Default Is America becoming a Hispanic Country??

    [Yep, and a lot of them are Dominicans]

    Is America becoming a Hispanic country? - CNN.com

    Is America becoming a Hispanic country?
    By Ruben Navarrette Jr., CNN Contributor
    March 18, 2011 10:15 a.m. EDT

    Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a CNN.com contributor, a nationally syndicated columnist and an NPR commentator.

    (CNN) -- The United States is becoming an Hispanic country. And it's happening much faster than anyone expected.

    According to an analysis of newly released 2010 U.S. Census data by the Pew Hispanic Center, the Hispanic population in the United States is growing more quickly and more dramatically than demographers had estimated.

    In the 33 states for which data has been released so far, there are almost 600,000 more Hispanics than previously thought. Twenty-eight states had more Hispanics than expected. And, while the current count is 38.7 million Hispanics, there is still data coming from 17 states, making it likely that the final figure could surpass 55 million, or 17% of the U.S. population.

    What is really interesting is that this "Hispanicization" of America is most noticeable in states that are not typically thought of as being places where Hispanics live.

    The real story isn't what's happening in Texas, California, Florida or New York, which have long been home to significant numbers of Hispanics. It's about the demographic changes in states such as Alabama, Louisiana, Kansas and Maryland, where Hispanics are a relatively new commodity -- and the accommodations that have to be made between new arrivals and longtime residents.

    One day soon, Hispanics will help define the worlds of media, politics, commerce, fashion, music, entertainment, sports and science. There will be no turning back.

    But you knew that already. Maybe your first hint was the Latina models on magazine covers. Or that salsa is more popular than ketchup. Or the Spanish-language billboards you see on rural highways. Or that some members of Congress gather weekly for Spanish lessons.

    Or maybe you figured out that the Hispanic population in the United States was exploding when you saw the quixotic efforts of some to stop the trend by cracking down on illegal immigration and -- for an encore -- trying to limit legal immigration as well.

    Most immigrants to the United States, legal and illegal, come from Mexico and the rest of Latin America. But in states such as Arizona, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico, you also have Hispanic families that can trace their American roots back hundreds of years.

    Still, for many Americans, changing demographics isn't cause for celebration. Rather, it's cause for alarm. It brings a sense of fear, anxiety and desperation. They know enough to know that the country in which they grew up is changing, and they'll do whatever they can to reverse those changes and return the cultural landscape to what it used to be.

    In fact, Hispanics have become so accustomed to this sort of reaction that I know many of them who actually dread the census and all the related media coverage. Every 10 years, there is the possibility of a backlash. For Hispanics, being counted is a mixed bag. They gain numbers and prominence, but they also have to contend with resistance and hostility from those who feel threatened.

    This partly explains what happened in Arizona, where a surging Hispanic population so panicked the state's residents that they began pushing lawmakers to pass immigration-related bills aimed at making the state less hospitable to illegal immigrants. This wasn't about reaffirming the rule of law. It was about returning Arizona to what it looked like 50 or 60 years ago, when the number of Hispanics in the state was much smaller than it is now.

    It seems to have worked. The analysis of census data done by the Hispanic Pew Center shows that in Arizona, the number of Hispanics came in at 1.9 million, or 180,000 fewer than expected.

    But many of those immigrants had simply moved on to other states. This approach would not be much of a national strategy; besides, who is to say that many of those people won't return to Arizona when the economy improves or some of these excessively punitive laws are dismantled.

    Ultimately, you can't fight demographics. Hispanics are already here, and most of them aren't going anywhere. Instead of wishing otherwise, Americans would be better off accepting this new reality. While they're at it, they should acknowledge the positive impact to their communities and their country of having a growing population of people who are, by nature, conservative, hardworking, optimistic, patriotic and entrepreneurial. Hispanics aren't a threat to the United States; they're an essential component.

    Visit any military cemetery in the United States and count the Spanish surnames. You'll see that Hispanics have already contributed so much to this country. And, in the decades to come, they and their children stand ready to contribute so much more -- if we put aside our prejudice and let them. That's the path to a better country.

    The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Ruben Navarrette.

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    Good, now before long wherever I go back home I can get my fix of rice and beans and empanadas.

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    YES...the United States is becoming a Hispanic country in demographics but not culture. Regardless where the folks come from, in one generation, all remnants of Hispanic heritage evaporates and they are just as WASPy as the Jones and Smiths down the street.

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    Yes.

    As it stands now, if all the Hispanic people in the United States were to form their own country, it would be the 3rd most populous in Latin America, with only Brazil and Mexico having more people.

    And by 2050, many predict that the country with the most native Spanish speaking population will be... The US!

    Yet that outrageous "news" article typical of the left wing media (I mean, come on. NPR?!) attempts to demonize and slander those opposed to ILLEGAL immigration as being opposed to immigration altogether, due to some sort of racial bigotry.

    "Still, for many Americans, changing demographics isn't cause for celebration. Rather, it's cause for alarm. It brings a sense of fear, anxiety and desperation."

    Good Lord.

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    Yes the USA is becoming more hispanic. The Dominican Republic is also becoming more Haitian too. Now that to ME is news and really alarming.

    But back to the main topic. My two nieces are barely speaking spanish. They will probably marry somone who speaks less spanish than they do and they will have children and poof no mas espanol. I will see this in my lifetime.
    My second cousins all or almost all, born in the USA. They are all fluent english speakers and very little spanish is actually spoken amongst us, either here in Florida and or up in NJ. So they will also soon be WASPish. So America or the USA rather, can absorb the immigrants. The education system works and it is doing a wonderful job as a melting pot.

    DR as I always spout is smaller and less able to do as the USA does and shouldn't be expected too.

    That's all.

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    All my cousins born and raised in the USA use English as their language of choice, they don't watch "Univision" or "Telemundo", they can speak Spanish but not like someone in a Spanish speaking country. Their kids in the other hand can't speak Spanish at all.

    What I see here is that after the second generation, they loose their Spanish speaking ability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lando calrisian View Post
    . The Dominican Republic is also becoming more Haitian too. Now that to ME is news and really alarming.

    How the DR is becoming more Haitian?

    I just came from the DR yesterday and I didn't see a single sign in Creole, I didn't see the government printing official documents in Creole, I didn't see a single Dominican speaking Creole, I didn't see a single TV commercial in Creole!!!

    Every Haitian that I had a conversation with was in Spanish I saw a lot of Haitian going to private and public school. Are they being taught in Creole? I will answer this one for you NO.

    So, how the DR is becoming more Haitian?

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    Quote Originally Posted by edm7583 View Post
    And by 2050, many predict that the country with the most native Spanish speaking population will be... The US!
    No surprises here.

    The country with the most English speakers is India.

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    Yes the USA is becoming more of a Hispanic. I for one do not have a problem with it. In my area of Massachusetts we are one the third generation of Puerto Ricans (yes they are Americans) but they are hispanic. The first generation, the Grandparents, speak little to no English.This is because of lack of schools available to teach them and their lack of desire to learn.They are more stubborn and not willing to learn English. The second generation speaks both Spanish and English. This is due to an open minded school system and also their parents only speaking Spanish at home. The desire to learn English is very strong for them.They want to do better at school and work at better jobs using English their skills. The third generation speak mostly English. They can still speak Spanish because of their Grandparents inability (refusal) to speak English. I think the schools have around a 50% Hispanic enrollment of students. They have a very good ESL program for new arrivals. Also ALL of the social programs provide Spanish workers for Spanish speakers.
    I have seen great improvements in the Hispanic community in my area.
    Other groups of Hispanic communities besides the Boriqua's are Dominican, Columbian, El Salvador, Brazil, And probrably more that I can not think of right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobraboy View Post
    No surprises here.

    The country with the most English speakers is India.
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