America’s Youth and Immigration Reform

ColorLines is a great news outlet for issues regarding human rights, racial issues, and other pressing matters that major news outlets tend to neglect or gloss over. This is not a plug for the site/magazine, but rather justification for why I used it for this blog post. Further, although this article does not clearly state what “immigrant” represents, because of the nature of immigration reform in the United States, I take it as meaning immigration from Latin American countries.

According to a recent article on the website, after a study was conducted by the Black Youth Project, issues regarding immigration reform showed a substantial divide between white and black people between the ages of 18 and 29; but, it also showed that young black people in this country do have concerns over immigration.

For example, regarding the divide between black and white youth: black youth seem to show more support, in general, for immigration reform, and for whether immigrants to this country should be able to receive government services.

One concern the article raises is how a large percentage of black youth polled believe that immigrants are actually treated better than black Americans; this poses a concern for the people who put out the study due to the fact that these feelings may break a bond between blacks and Latinos in this country.

In a country where the demographic makeup is ever-shifting, it seems necessary that cohesion on all fronts, be it between black and white youth, black and Latino youth, or among all three, may be an important step in comprehensive legislative reform regarding immigration.


About mja252

My name is Michael Austerlitz, a current second year Fellow at Cornell University's Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. My concentration is social policy, and more specifically, education policy. My affiliation with CLASS comes through my love of Latin American history, specifically Mexican history. I'll be blogging about issues related to Latinos and Hispanics in the United States regarding issues such as immigration and education. I love playing guitar, video games, living in NYC in hot summers, and moderately long walks on the beach.
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