The state of California is currently populated by 50 up to 60 percent of Latinos (Hernandez, 1992). Such very overwhelming figures had started to come about three decades after. And in the coming of the 2025, statistics shows that there would be over 40 percent of Latinos in the United States which would make them the largest ethnic group in US. Hence the presence of these immigrants would really have a big impact not only in the culture of US, particularly in California, but also in the States’ economy.
Before the twenty-first century, Latinos status in the state of California was not really good. Such was realized because of the several reports which discussed how Latinos experienced grave discrimination in terms of education, employment, health concerns, and others. Those incidents were still evident until 1999.
The US government had become very strict in implementing rules about illegal immigration. This is due to the fact that most of its population is immigrants. US became extra careful in giving benefits and government assistance program. It wanted to make sure that only American citizens will benefit their programs and benefits. Such was the misfortune of the Latinos. They lived in poverty and misery in deteriorated and unhygienic communities because the US government refused to give them assistance. They really had to work hard to be able to meet their basic needs everyday.
News about refusal to admit Latinos in schools and colleges in California were aired via protests. The University of California had been even sued for practicing discrimination against non-American students who want to enter in the university (Bautista, 2004). Not only that, the Californian government refused to grant scholarships and education assistance to these Latinos. So the Latinos really had to work their best so as to send their children in schools.
With regards to their health conditions, there was a high rate of mortality in the population of Latinos in California (Bautista, 2004). This was due to the fact that their health needs were not safeguarded by the government.
Lastly, their employment was severely impacted by discrimination and prejudice. Latinos were only admitted to companies as technical supports, mere laborers, and lower- positions which hamper them to achieved great employment opportunities (Bautista, 2004). Their daily salary was inferior as compared to those of American citizens. In the workplace itself, they were assigned to technically difficult and harsh tasks which may endanger their health and even their life. Such were the tragic experiences of the Latinos in the hands of the Californian government before.
Today, the Latinos are starting to climb up in terms of their social and economic status. The government of California has finally realized how important it is to include the advancement of every individual within the state (Lopez, 2000). This would have a big impact in their development as a state as well as a province of US.
Attempts to raise the educational attainments of Latinos were instigated by the government (Lopez, 2000). Laws and policies regarding discrimination were passed in the US congress which enables the Latinos to have high quality of education. Being well-rounded and well-educated citizens of America, Latinos can really contribute to the progress and development of California more especially in heightening its economy.
Californian government realized how much labor force Latinos could give to companies and organizations. This would really be a great foundation of strong companies in the state. In addition, most companies promote training seminars that would enhance the skills of their employees. Latinos would really catch up in gaining in depth technical skills in their works (Lopez, 2000).
Bautista, D. E. (2004). La Nueva California: Latinos in the Golden State (First ed.). University of California Press.
Hernandez, A. C. (1992). No Longer a Minority: Latinos and Social Policy in California. UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center .
Lopez, E. (2000, April 4). Latinos and Economic Development in California: Project Status. Retrieved September 26, 2007, from Changing Face: http://migration.ucdavis.edu/cf/more.php?id=98_0_2_0