Latino Lives in America: Making It Home by Luis Fraga, John A. Garcia, Rodney Hero, Michael

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Latinos are the biggest and quickest growing to be ethnic crew within the US, with elevated degrees of political mobilization and impression. during this booklet, Latino students discover the profound implications of Latinos' inhabitants development and geographic dispersion for American politics and society.

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They also work to retain salient ethnic cultural traits. In turn, the majority often adopts from the minority culture whatever they find appealing. English proficiency is widely considered to be the most important aspect of cultural adaptation if immigrants are to be successful outside of their ethnic enclaves, but immigrants may also value the retention of their native languages (Alba and Nee 2003). We can see evidence of this longing to “have it both ways” in LNS respondents’ answers to contrasting questions on learning Spanish and maintaining Spanish (Table 2-2).

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With a few exceptions, most notably the English-language focus groups in Washington, DC, the demographics of our focus group participants closely mirror the demographic profile of respondents in the 2007 survey. And, like the workers surveyed in 2007, our participants’ comments also focused most on the comforts that come from having good-paying, steady jobs. They want to own homes in safe neighborhoods with high-quality schools for their children. They also want to be respected and treated fairly.

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