Latino Immigrants And The United States

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Introduction As a number of Latin American countries continue to struggle with drug cartel violence, economic hardship, and food shortages, many Latinos depart their native country to escape those conditions. For a number of those Latinos, their goal is the United States (US) as their final destination. According to the 2010 US Census, the Latino population in Orleans Parish in New Orleans grew from 14,826 to 18,051 in a period of fewer than ten years. The number shows a significant increase, yet it does not account the number of Latino immigrants that avoided to be counted due to their undocumented status. The number of the Latino immigrants that were not counted during this period of time was estimated to be in the range of 10,000 to…show more content…
Challenges faced by Latino immigrants The decision of moving to the United States (US), for many Latino immigrants is due to their economic situation in their native country. Some of those Latino immigrants relied on farming as a way of earning their living. For many Latinos, helping at the family farm or working for someone at their farm usually begins at an early age, as a consequence, it does not allow for individuals to attain a higher level of education. Farm work usually tends to consist of high physical activity with minimal pay. Sadly for some Latinos, these conditions remain the same once they arrive at the US and settle in non-urban areas (Berdahl, Kirby, & Stone, 2007). In addition due to the different harvest seasons of crops, Latino immigrants working in US farms had to relocate constantly from season to season. This is an example of what Latino immigrants may encounter once they moved to the US (Kline, 2013). The example does not clearly display the challenges and needs of the Latino immigrant, which include stress due to the enforcement of immigration policies towards undocumented immigrants (Rodríguez, Ramirez, & Rodriguez, 2014). As Latino immigrants may work at a farm that would indicate that they live in or near the farm. Usually on rural areas with farming communities without hospitals nearby, much less dental care facilities (Kline, 2013). In the case that a health clinic was available, the Latino immigrants’ faced
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