Immigration: 7 of every 10 Latinos are currently U.S. citizens, either by birth or by naturalization. Contemporary Latino communities are a complex mix of native-born and immigrant families. Approximately 60 percent of all Latinos were born in the United States and are therefore U.S. citizens by birth. Another 10 percent were foreign-born and have since become naturalized citizens. People born in Puerto Rico are considered native born because they are U.S. citizens by birth.A majority (52 percent) of the nation's 16 million Hispanic children are now "second generation," meaning they are the U.S.-born sons or daughters of at least one foreign-born parent, typically someone who came to this country in the immigration wave from Mexico, Central America and South America that began around 1980. And 37 percent are "third generation or higher" -- meaning they are the U.S.-born children of U.S.-born parents and often U.S.-born grandparents as well.
-  Ruth E. Zambrana is Professor of Women's Studies and Director of The Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland, College Park.Laura A. Logie is Assistant Director of The Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland, College Park.
-  ^ "Table 4. Projections of the Population by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for the United States: 2010 to 2050" (Excel). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-10-24.