Voice: Christine Marquez-Hudson

Christine Marquez-Hudson is director of the Mi Casa Resource Center and co-chair of the Denver Latino Commission.

“I think there will be a gradual closing of the gaps between whites and Hispanics. In recent years, I’ve seen more professionals in the Latino community, including more doctors, lawyers, teachers and business owners.”

We’ve had an influx since 1996 of people not being able to go back over the border. That population tends to be poor.

In 1996, Congress passed the Illegal Immigration and Immigrant Reform Act, which increased penalties against those in this country illegally. Prior to that, Mexican citizens came back and forth into the United States based on short-term economic needs. The lack of open borders makes it much more difficult to go back.

I think there will be a gradual closing of the gaps between whites and Hispanics. In recent years, I’ve seen more professionals in the Latino community, including more doctors, lawyers, teachers and business owners. The trend is for Latinos to enjoy more power and with power comes a lot of positive gains for the community.”

Also, as the number of Latinos increases in this country, people in influential positions will pay more attention to the Latino community. Back in the 1960s and 1970s, when the number of blacks in this country far exceeded the number of Hispanics, blacks enjoyed significant social and economic gains. We haven’t seen that in the Latino community to the same degree. But we’re going to.

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