Cen­sus shows area’s His­panic pop­u­la­tion drop­ping

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - THE TIMES HEARALD - By Evan Brandt ebrandt@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

De­spite be­ing a na­tion of im­mi­grants, the United States has had a long, trou­bled his­tory with im­mi­gra­tion, even though im­mi­grants fought our wars, built our rail­roads and en­riched our cul­ture.

All too of­ten, the con­flict over im­mi­gra­tion has had to do with eth­nic­ity.

Anti-Ir­ish ri­ots roiled Philadel­phia in 1844 and signs read­ing “Ir­ish need not ap­ply” filled ci­ties across the coun­try.

Nev­er­the­less, the Ir­ish flee­ing the potato famine pop­u­lated the Union Army in the Civil War and built the canals along the Schuylkill River and the na­tion’s rail­roads un­der gru­el­ing con­di­tions.

In 1902, the Chi­nese Ex­clu­sion Act made per­ma­nent a law first en­acted in 1882 and was the first U.S. law im­ple­mented to pre­vent a spe­cific eth­nic group from im­mi­grat­ing to the United States. It was not re­pealed un­til 1943. Dur­ing World War I, anti-Ger­man sen­ti­ment was so strong, the Jus­tice Depart­ment, pre­par­ing a list of all Ger­man aliens, counted about 480,000 of them, more than 4,000 of whom were im­pris­oned in 1917-18 on sus­pi­cion of es­pi­onage — all while Theodore Roo­sevelt de­nounced “hy­phen­ated Amer­i­can­ism.”

Th­ese days, when the sub­ject of “im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy” is raised, the tar­get of those dis­cus­sions are more of­ten than not, His­pan­ics (al­though Syr­ian and Mus­lim refugees from the Mid­dle East may soon over­take His­pan­ics as the prime topic of dis­cus­sion).

Af­ter all, no one is dis­cussing build­ing a wall along the Canadian bor­der.

This fo­cus on His­pan­ics is no doubt be­ing driven, in part, by the fact that U.S. Cen­sus pro­jec­tions show that in the near fu­ture, nonHis­panic whites will no longer rep­re­sent a ma­jor­ity of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pew Re­search Cen­ter, “among the pro­jected 441 mil­lion Amer­i­cans in 2065, 78 mil­lion will be im­mi­grants and 81 mil­lion will be peo­ple born in the U.S. to im­mi­grant par­ents.”

Al­though non-His­panic whites will re­main the largest ra­cial or

This chart of U.S. Cen­sus es­ti­mates for 2015 shows that the His­panic pop­u­la­tion, and the per­cent­age of the His­panic pop­u­la­tion in Berks, Ch­ester, Delaware and Mont­gomery coun­ties has dropped in the past year.

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