The historical presence of Latinos in what is now the Southwestern United States – along with a steady influx of Spanish-speaking immigrants to the U.S. – has substantially increased Hispanic cultural, economic and social influence across our nation. Since 1990, the total U.S. Hispanic population has increased by over 50 percent. Today Latinos are already the majority in a growing number of metropolitan cities specifically in the Southwest, and have become the largest ethnic population in the USA. Nowhere is that more evident than in the states closest to the U.S. Mexico border: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas, which is home to nearly 7 out of 10 Latinos in the U.S.
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