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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


With the 2016 Presidential Elections, immigration has become a hot topic of discussion among the presidential candidates as they debate what actions to take with respect to undocumented population residing in the United States. This study examines the ways in which Latina/os and immigrants have defined and redefined the American culture. Using peer review academic sources, this work explores the cultural development of Latina/os in the United States and how this group constitutes a critical foundation of American society. This works illustrates how the United States is known as the melting pot of cultures for many generations and Latina/o immigrants as many other European immigrants have bought into this idea by adopting many of the core American values, yet we deny them the right to call themselves Americans. Finally, this study addresses the importance of the continued acculturation process of Latina/os in the United States and how they will continue to enrich the American identity.