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article imageUS Census reflects growth in Latino population to over 50 million

By Michael Krebs     Mar 24, 2011 in Politics
The 2010 United States Census is expected to demonstrate a spike in growth among the Hispanic populations counted in the 10-year study, with total official figures likely to top 50 million.
There are anticipated to be more than 50 million Latinos living in the United States currently, according to the 2010 US Census report cited by Reuters to be released on Thursday.
The official Census tally does not account for illegal immigrants and showcases a population explosion among Hispanics and the first time the Latino composition topped the 50 million mark.
"This is a population that's young, whose growth is driven increasingly by births and not immigration. It's a population that's expanding into virtually every county of the country, and growing especially sharply in states where Latino's had not been a presence a decade or so ago," D'Vera Cohn, senior writer at the Pew Research Center told Reuters.
Whether organic or from trends in immigration, the integration of Hispanic populations across the country is expected to have lasting impact on American politics. In fact, Nevada, Virginia and North Carolina are expected to feel the effects of the Latino voting voice as early as the coming 2012 elections, as Latino populations have doubled in those states. Additionally, Hispanic population growth has exceeded 60 percent in politically sensitive states like Indiana and Ohio.
“What the Census figures suggest is that the road to White House in 2012 may well go through the Hispanic community” Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, an advocacy group that favors allowing illegal immigrants to work toward U.S. citizenship, told MSNBC.
However, Hispanic political interests are diverse. On the one hand, US immigration policies and positions can color Latino considerations, but most Latino cultures embrace a warm and nurturing nuclear family and may lean toward Conservative values. The end result politically does not present a conclusion for or against one or another political party.
"If this becomes an election all about the economy, there's a major opening for a Republican candidate to appeal to Latino voters," Bob Moore, a Republican pollster, told The Hill. "But if it becomes about immigration, then it could be problematic for the Republican nominee."
While this may or may not be true, it does not explain the Tea Party election victory of Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
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