Latinos and the Nation’s Future
Edited, with an introduction, by Henry G. Cisneros and John Rosales
Publication Date: January 31, 2009
Bind: Trade Paperback
Examines the explosive growth of the Hispanic population and its impact on American life, including the 2008 presidential election.Look Inside
Whether the predominant ethnic group in baseball, the “swing vote” in various elections, or the people who introduced one of the country’s most popular condiments, salsa, it is clear that the influence of Latinos is widespread and growing each year. The Census Bureau estimates that Latinos will grow by 63 million people—or a stunning 48% of total growth—to make up 25% of the United States population by 2050. Editor Henry G. Cisneros, the first Hispanic mayor of a major U.S. city and former HUD Secretary, says these numbers are not reversible by closing borders, they “are the simple demographic trajectory of people already living in the U.S.”
In his chapter that opens this landmark collection of essays about the future of the U.S., Cisneros asserts that the country cannot continue its historic path of growth, progress, and greatness without substantial improvements in the Latino community’s economic and educational status. The fate of the nation is inextricably linked to that of the Hispanic community not only because of its size, but also because of its relative youthfulness as other populations grow older and leave the workforce. There is absolutely no doubt that the success and well-being of Latinos—or lack thereof—will impact the country as a whole.
The outgrowth of a conference involving Latino leaders and exploring the impact of the dynamic growth of the Hispanic population in the U.S., Latinos and the Nation’s Future contains essays by leading scholars, civil rights leaders and other professionals on issues impacting the advancement of Latino citizens—and therefore, all U.S. citizens. University of Southern California professor and director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute Harry P. Pachón gives an overview of the rapidly growing Latino middle class; Tamar Jacoby, a former senior writer for Newsweek and deputy editor of The New York Times op-ed page, explores the highly controversial subject of U.S. government immigration policy reform; Sarita E. Brown, founding president of Excelencia in Education, takes an in-depth look at the issues facing Latinos in higher education; and Elena Ríos, M.D., president and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, presents a comprehensive view of Latino health issues.
Although the future is never certain, it is inevitable that the Latino community is destined to shape the future of the United States, and, Cisneros contends, it is imperative that Americans accept this fact and work to harness its growth, develop its educational potential, engage its community-building energies, and transform it into the next middle class.
“An impressive compilation of essays… the passion of the argument will catch up with you. This is a very well put together book, with information so solid that you will want to keep it in your library as an invaluable reference.”-Latino Leaders Magazine
” A valuable book. Read It.”-San Antonio Express-News
HENRY G. CISNEROS, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and mayor of San Antonio, TX, is currently the chairman of American CityVista, a company that finances inner-city workforce housing in twelve states. Previously, Cisneros was president and chief operating officer of Univision Communications in Los Angeles, the Spanish-language broadcaster which has become the fifth-most-watched television network in the nation. Cisneros earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Doctorate in Public Administration from George Washington University.
JOHN ROSALES was a newspaper reporter at the San Antonio Light and an executive with Cisneros Communications of San Antonio, TX—his hometown. He worked at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and has worked as an editor-writer in the media department of the National Education Association. He is the co-editor of Casa y Comunidad: Latino Home and Neighborhood Design (Builder Books, 2006). He lives and works in Washington, D.C.