Latinos and the Nation's Future Henry Cisneros Author
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The Census Bureau estimates that Latinos will grow by 63 million people—or a stunning 48% of total growth—to make up 25% of the United States population by 2050. Editor Henry G. Cisneros, the first Hispanic mayor of a major U.S. city and former HUD Secretary, says these numbers are not reversible by closing borders, they “are the simple demographic trajectory of people already living in the U.S.” In his chapter that opens this landmark collection of essays about the future of the U.S., Cisneros asserts that the country cannot continue its historic path of growth, progress, and greatness without substantial improvements in the Latino community’s economic and educational status. The fate of the nation is inextricably linked to that of the Hispanic community not only because of its size, but also because of its relative youthfulness as other populations grow older and leave the workforce. There is absolutely no doubt that the success and well-being of Latinos—or lack thereof—will impact the country as a whole. This volume contains essays by leading scholars, civil rights leaders and other professionals on issues impacting the advancement of Latino citizens-and therefore, all U.S. citizens.


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