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Is Illegal Immigration a Thing of the Past? You Be the Judge.

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!

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  • After having worked in the food industry for many years, I can attest to the fact that Mexican immigrant workers dominate the workforce. Whether or not they are immigrating to the U.S. less than in the past years, one thing is certain: they are very productive members of society, and we are lucky enough to have their cultural influences infused into ours.

    Posted by Maria Aguiar, 21/07/2014 6:57pm (3 years ago)

  • That's a great comment Mitchell. It's so uplifting to know that Mexican businesses are garnering some much deserved success and respect. It never did occur to me just how much Immigration can affect advertising and marketing as we know it here in the U.S. I would definitely like to watch TV advertising with a much keener eye from now on.

    Posted by Elias Rivera, 21/07/2014 12:24pm (3 years ago)

  • Very interesting to reflect upon this now, especially with the great influx of youth immigrants traveling from Central America. I remember seeing a special on Fusion (A new TV Channel that resulted from a partnership between ABC & Univision's that targets the Latino Youth Demographic, providing content surrounding issues relevant to the Latino Community in English) in which Jorge Ramos sent a reporter to Mexico to try to find work in el Distrito Federal & he was able to obtain various positions. However, many major corporations based in Mexico are now able to reach well beyond simply domestic buyers, as such a great quantity of immigrants from Mexico occupy the U.S. Market, allowing these Mexican businesses to expand their advertising & distribution across borders. Additionally, the influx of Mexican immigrants brings remesas back to Mexican families. The following link leads to an article in which Ramos goes more in depth behind his reasoning for Mexico's recent economic success.

    Posted by Mitchell, 01/07/2014 1:41am (3 years ago)