The United States is changing. Latinos will soon outnumber Anglos in California. Politicians and pundits who once did their best to stand in the way of what they derisively called “amnesty” now support a pathway to citizenship for the country’s estimated 11.1 million undocumented immigrants, in order to curry favor with the increasingly powerful Latino vote.
Many people still fear the growth of the Latino population, however. During a debate over a proposal to keep undocumented immigrants from paying in-state tuition at Kansas colleges, state Rep. Allan Rothlisberg (R-Grandview Plaza) went off on a rant about drug cartels and railed against the Spanish option on automated phone menus. Boston columnist Jeff Jacoby slammed Gabriel Gomez for using a few sentences in Spanish during his English-language message announcing his candidacy for a U.S. Senate seat.
But we’re here to tell you there’s no reason to worry. Take it from us, Latinos don’t want to kill you or force the English language out of existence. In fact, most of us speak English pretty well.
That doesn’t mean our presence won’t change the country, however. Latinos currently make up about 17 percent of the population. In 30 years, the Hispanic share of the population will jump to 26 percent, while the non-Hispanic white population will lose majority status, the Associated Press reports. Regardless of their ethnicity, you can expect the Americans of tomorrow to feel the influence.
Check out 10 Latino things your kids will probably do in the slideshow above.