The concern of illegal immigration has been one of the most dominant issues to plague the U.S. government over the past few decades. It has undoubtedly contributed to the massive population growth of Latinos in the nation. However, is illegal immigration a thing of the past? According to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, the amount of U.S.-born Latinos has grown significantly since the year 2000; so much so, that this demographic has actually outnumbered its immigrant counterparts. Additionally, not only have they outnumbered the immigrant population, but also the immigrant population is now in-decline. It is believed that the current U.S. economic downturn, as well as more effective border protection, has resulted in more Mexican immigrants leaving the country than entering. Scary thought, don’t you think? More Mexican immigrants than ever before are finding it more beneficial for themselves and their families to try their luck at better lives in Mexico than in America, the so-called “Land of Opportunity.” This begs the question: what has changed over the years about America, or what hasn’t? This may be the “melting pot” of the world, but is the pot finally boiling over?
When pondering the idea of Mexican Immigration beginning to fade into the ether, it is very difficult to not address the detrimental effects that this may have on our music culture, the Latino-American music culture, that is. The very roots of the native Mexican musical genres are beginning to disappear from below us, making their way back home. Will we lose touch with our native musical influences? How will the Latino-American youth influence the sound of music for generations to come? Will assimilation take its toll on the Latino Music genres, creating a more “American” sound? You be the judge. Please leave your comments below and join the conversation!