The researchers found that Latino immigrants' ability to "assimilate" into the broader American social and political culture depends in large part on the way they perceive and project their images in relation to whites. The study drew from immigrants' self-identification data in the 2003 New Immigrant Survey, which sampled adult immigrants who had recently obtained legal permanent status.
As the Latino population grows, said Ohio State sociologist Reanne Frank in a summary of the findings, "It is likely we will see change in our racial categories, but there will not be one uniform racial boundary around all Latinos."
The boundary may both divide and unite immigrants, sifting them into color-coded categories. "Some Latinos will be successful in the bid to be accepted as 'white'—usually those with lighter skin," Frank argued. "But for those with darker skin and those who are more integrated into U.S. society, we believe there will be a new Latino racial boundary
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