Americas and Caribbean Island Union

via (2) NO MEXICAN WALL!

 
Immigration is a major issue in the United States today. U.S. Latinos often express interest in this issue because of its direct impact on their personal lives, families, schools, jobs, communities and governmental affairs.
 
Latinos are the largest minority group in the U.S. and in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming (see factfinder2.census.gov).
 
Most Latinos in the U.S. are not immigrants, but most immigrants in the U.S. are from Latin America — and especially from Mexico — while most U.S. Latinos are of Mexican descent. Latino immigrants bring their languages, cultures and traditions with them from their native lands, and this adds to the sense of kinship and affinity many U.S. Latinos have with Latino immigrants.
 
This natural phenomena makes it difficult and counterproductive, to separate these two distinct groups of Latinos in the U.S. — immigrants and non-immigrants — when discussing the immigration issue, even though most U.S. Latinos are not immigrants.
 
There are an estimated 942 million people in the Americas and Caribbean Islands: 346 million in North America, 200 million in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean Islands, and 396 million in South America (see http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/america.htm). Spanish-speaking Latinos are thus the majority population of the Western Hemisphere (see http://www.state.gov/p/wha/ci/), and the majority of immigrants in North America, while Spanish is their dominant language.
 
Latinos are not a singular race, color or nationality. Latinos include multilingual people from all the races, colors, nationalities, ethnicities, cultures, religions and creeds in the world.
 
Because most U.S. Latinos are bicultural and bilingual (Spanish/English), they have helped build bridges of understanding and cooperation between the U.S. and the rest of the Western Hemisphere. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are around 52 million Latinos in the U.S. today. About 37 million of these Latinos speak Spanish, and over half of those fluent in Spanish also speak English. The total population is expected to grow to about 132 million U.S. Latinos by 2050.
 
An estimated 63% of U.S. Latinos are of Mexican ancestry, 9.2% Puerto Rican, 3.5% Cuban, 3.3% Salvadoran, 2.8% Dominican and 18.2% Others. (See http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/ cb12- ff19.html )
 
Over 50% of the total U.S. Latino population lives in California, Texas and Florida (see http://www.census.gov/popest/data/state/asrh/2011/index.html). Almost five million Latinos live in Los Angeles alone (see a href=”http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br04.pdf”>http://www.census.go v/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-04.pdf).
 
While most Latinos in California and Texas are of Mexican descent, most Latinos in Florida are of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent (see http://www.southbendtribune.com/sns-graphics-latinos-in-florida-gx,0,4916788.graphic).
 
IMMIGRATION REFORM
 
The time has come for the U.S. government to go far beyond short-term solutions to immigration problems, especially as they relate to Latino immigrants. Instead of clashing over these problems from election-to-election, all the good citizens of the U.S., and of the rest of the Western Hemisphere, should be able to live, work, study, travel and conduct business and commerce more freely throughout this hemisphere like European Union (EU) citizens do within their member states.
 
The Americas and Caribbean Islands need an international union (like EU) to tackle their major problems regarding human trafficking, drug cartels, terrorism, poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, hunger, homelessness, sickness, disease, natural disasters, unsustainable environments, and business, economic, commercial and industrial development,
 
Regarding immigration, law-abiding citizens in this proposed new union (ACIU) would be able to live, work, study, travel and conduct business and commerce more freely throughout the Western Hemisphere, as EU citizens do. EU has proven multilingual people from diverse cultures and traditions are able to live and move freely from nation-to-nation, while working together to protect, preserve and promote their peaceful, civil and prosperous lifestyles.
 
Ruben Botello
earthbeat@comcast.net

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