Building a heritage: Hispanic Americans face challenges

As Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close today, it’s worth noting that while most of us have been affected by the current recession, much of our nation’s Hispanic population has been mired in its own recession for some time.

The National Institute for Latino Policy cites a Hispanic poverty rate in 2007 of 22 percent, compared to 8 percent for whites. Those numbers have no doubt soared for both groups since last year’s economic downturn.

Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court was widely hailed, but the celebration of that milestone achievement has faded quickly for those who are grappling with the challenges faced by Hispanics — whether they are citizens or legal or illegal immigrants. READ FULL STORY

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