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  1. The 2000 U.S. census report.
  2. Samuel P. Huntington.
  3. The persistent inflow of Hispanic immigrants.
  4. Ester's story.
  5. Mexican families living in the U.S.
  6. Concern over U.S. culture, economics and politics.

America is country proud to call itself a melting pot of different people, cultures, and languages. With the exception of Native Americans, who lived off the land for thousands of years before the discovery of ?the new world,? every one in the U.S. is an immigrant or came from descendants that migrated to this country. Initially, ?America was [founded] by 17th and 18th century settlers who were overwhelmingly white, British, and Protestant? (Huntington, The Hispanic Challenge 31). With time, as the country established itself and expanded, immigrants become more diverse and integral to the success of the United States.By the?19th century, the ethnic component?broadened to include Germans, Irish, and Scandinavians, and the United States' religious identity was being redefined more broadly from Protestant to Christian. With World War II and the assimilation of large numbers of southern and eastern European immigrants and their offspring, ethnicity virtually disappeared as a defining component of national identity. So did race? (Huntington, The Hispanic Challenge 31).

[...] has become of particular importance to the southwestern states that share an expansive and difficult-to-protect border with Mexico. Since strict enforcement, such as the incarceration of migrants, is expensive and controversial, and ?more than 50 percent of illegal? now enter the U.S. with false papers or tourist visas, efficient enforcement is difficult and there is little to deter the immigrants from trying to cross the border again (Bhagwati). Samuel P. Huntington is also known as Albert J. Weatherhead III. He is a Harvard University Professor. [...]


[...] When we got here months later, he just took off and left me in charge of the five other children, and I was afraid of what we were going to do now. We were illegal, we don't speak English, and we don't know nobody? (Leyal). Ester tells her story holding back tears. The look on her face shows concern and despair. ?Mexico's important to me. It's my country. My mom used to say that if you don't have a past you don't have a future. [...]


[...] The people, they talk different, they have other wishes, and they have other things to say. They don't talk about how good a day is or how the moon came out, just things like that, simple things. I mean just about everyone talks about El Norte and the people that don't have somebody here they say ?I'm going to go'. I worry what's going to happen to these people. My aunt Teresa told me, ?most of our people are over there in the United States, and we don't have here enough to eat. [...]

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