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The Political Impact of the New Hispanic Second Generation

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The rapid growth of the Hispanic population in the United States, particularly those of the second generation, who have automatic rights of citizenship, could be expected to result in increased influence and representation in politics for this group. We show that the effect of a sheer growth in numbers at the national level is diminished by several factors: low probabilities of naturalisation by Hispanic immigrants; non-participation in voting, especially by the US-born generations; and concentration of growth in Congressional Districts that already have Hispanic Representatives. It is a challenge for public policy to reduce the lag between population growth and political representation.
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Keywords: Citizenship; Hispanic Second Generation; Immigration; Political Participation; United States

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-08-01

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