Monday, November 14, 2011

Hispanics to Offset the Decline in Population in Many Places in the US

While it is not the direct objective of this blog to address immigration issues, I am sharing a link to an article that accounts on how Hispanic immigrants are settling in towns on the brink of becoming ghost towns.
In his November 13 article, A.G. Sulzberger of the New York Times, points out that "Hispanics are arriving in numbers large enough to offset or even exceed the decline in the white population in many places. In the process, these new residents are reopening shuttered storefronts with Mexican groceries, filling the schools with children whose first language is Spanish and, for now at least, extending the lives of communities that seemed to be staggering toward the grave".  It is very likely that some of these newcomers will require language access and other public services which could be perceived as an additional burden to society.  However, what those opposed to immigration fail to acknowledge is the positive impact that immigration can have even in some unexpected places.
At the era of globalization, the face of the globe is changing relentlesly.