Not so long ago, life was easy for xenophobes. But as the Latino population grows at a faster rate than the immigrant population, Hispanics are now more likely to be born and raised in America, as full-blooded American citizens.
Learning a foreign language can be more valuable than many students realize. High school is a great time to acquire a new language, because the brain is still developing and it's completely cost-free in all public high schools.
Our national confusion about Hispanics begins with the system of classification taken for granted, which incorrectly classifies "Hispanics" into a race apart, exclusive with whites, blacks, Asians or Native Americans.