October 6th, 2009
10:55 AM ET

Latinos have deep roots in US

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/05/26/sotomayor.latino/art.sotomayor.latino.jpg caption="Judge Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic person to serve on the Supreme Court."]

Tomás Jiménez

Just about any celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) will highlight the diversity among Hispanics.

They come from different parts of the Spanish-speaking world, have settled in various areas of the United States, have distinctive customs and come in all shapes and colors.

But an often overlooked difference among Hispanics relates to how many generations back they trace their roots in U.S. history.

Hispanics are not just immigrants or the U.S.-born children of immigrants. They are also Americans with deep family histories in the United States. This is especially true of the Mexican-origin population, the largest Hispanic subgroup and one that has been continually replenished by immigrant newcomers for a century.

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  1. Mari

    Yes, we do. From Mexico all the way up to Alaska, the Spanish explorers were in the western U.S. long before the other Europeans. Spreading their language and culture.

    Many of the Latino names in the West, have been here for generations, and still all too often we are treated as second class citizens.

    The GOP has lost Latino support.

    October 6, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  2. alex lyrics

    Latinos with the amount of births in their community will surely be the majority in this country in 20 years.

    October 6, 2009 at 12:08 pm |