MINORITIES: According to the WaPo, Hispanics are now the nation's largest minority. Well, the largest racial minority, anyway. I expect that men are the largest minorty overall, since very slightly fewer than 50% of the people in the country are male.
The new census figures also show that Latinos accounted for half the country's population growth in the two years after the 2000 Census was taken. ...So, half the Hispanic population increase is due to immigration... what percentage of that half do you figure is legal immigration? Uh huh.
The Hispanic population is growing rapidly because of high birth rates and immigration. Immigration accounted for more than half the recent Latino population increase, census officials said.
Despite the heavy influence of immigration, another census report released today said three in five Hispanics are born in the United States.
The good news is that Hispanic immigrants tend to assimilate well into the greater fabric of American culture; one-third of Hispanics marry non-Hispanic whites, for instance.