America, the Home of the Free and the Brave. Where being an American was a special privilege for anyone entering through the process of Legal Immigration. The pride to be embraced by the Wealthiest and Most Successful Nation in the History of the World. Through open arms to those who wanted a better life and economic success...
And Then, Something Bad Happened...
Some-one changed the equation, limiting Cultures and Countries that have helped seed a nation of doers is slowly becoming a nation of Worldwide Welfare. The influx of Europeans adding professionals as well as workers is nearly halted. Getting here from the nations that created the backbone of exceptionalism are now under restriction while less successful populations flood our Cities and States with those who need some form of welfare just to survive. There has never in the history of the nation migration from a single group of immigrants.
One of the most egregious forms of this policy comes from the Hispanic Community. Since 1960 the Hispanic population has increased from 6.5 million to 56.5 by 2015. It is projected to grow to 107 million by 2065, according to the latest Pew Research Center projections. The foreign-born Latino population has increased to nearly 20 times its size over the past half century, from less than 1 million in 1960 to 19.4 million in 2015. On the other hand, while the U.S.-born Latino population has only increased sixfold over this time period, there are about 32 million more U.S.-born Latinos in the U.S. today (37.1 million) than there were in 1960 (5.5 million). (Pew www.pewhispanic.org)
The share of the U.S. population that is Hispanic has been steadily rising over the past half century. In 2015, Hispanics made up 17.6% of the total U.S. population, up from 3.5% in 1960. According to the latest Pew Research Center projections, the Hispanic share of the U.S. population is expected to reach 24% by 2065.
Between 1980 and 2000, immigration was the principal driver of Latino population growth as the Latino immigrant population boomed from 4.2 million to 14.1 million. Since then, however, the primary source of this growth has been U.S. births. Between 2000 and 2010, there were 9.6 million Latino births in the U.S., while the number of newly arrived immigrants was 6.5 million. The present decade is on track to repeat this pattern, with 5 million Latino births in the U.S. between 2010 and 2015, compared with just 1.9 million newly arrived Latino immigrants.
In 2017 Hispanic Birthrates were 2 006.5 births per thousand, outpacing all other groups combined 1765.5 per thousand. (Source: www.statista.com)
The problems created by the enormous population boom is the lack of assimilation into American Culture and Society. Second generation assimilation has been stymied by the constant replacement of Hispanic speaking polulations entering the US Legally and Illegally.
What's most troubling is the intersectionality creating the nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, hence Hyphenated populations. Once identified within a specific group, suppression within a socio-economic and political schema, hyphenation may work against an individuals rights.
Multi-Culturism has proven NOT to be conducive to Unity. We must be more concerned about what an individual offers their community and their willingness to be an American!
Hyphenated America has not brought us closer together, but has pushed us further apart...