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Latinos report rise in discrimination, harassment

Half (50%) of all Latinos say that the situation of Latinos in this country is worse now than it was a year ago, according to a new nationwide survey of 2,015 Hispanic adults conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center.

A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center:

Half of all Latinos say that the situation of Latinos in this country is worse now than it was a year ago, according to a new nationwide survey of 2,015 Hispanic adults conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center.

This pessimism is especially prevalent among immigrants, who account for 54 percent of all Hispanic adults in the United States. Fully 63 percent of these Latino immigrants say that the situation of Latinos has worsened over the past year. In 2007, just 42 percent of all adult Hispanic immigrants — and just 33 percent of all Hispanic adults — said the same thing.

These increasingly downbeat assessments come at a time when the Hispanic community in this country — numbering approximately 46 million, or 15.4 percent of the total U.S. population — has been hit hard by rising unemployment (Kochhar 2008) and stepped-up immigration enforcement.


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