New York is a very multicultural state. You got Chinatown, Little Italy, etc. One thing that you might wonder about this is why are there so many different ethnic groups in this one place? Why did they choose to leave their home? What was it like moving from their home to America? 

In a demographic of New York 2018, it shows that besides “white” people (32%) Hispanics and/or Latinx are the largest ethnic group, making up 29.1% of the total population in New York City. Not only in New York but “Hispanics are the largest minority in the U.S.” said a CNN article.

This leads to wonder, why are Hispanics moving to America? Well from my own family my mom moved here from Guatemala with my brothers and my sister. When I went to ask her why she said that she just wanted a better life for her children. My mom said that when she got here she didn’t have any money and had to live in a shelter for a few years until she could get enough to pay for an apartment. Now I might not know why many Hispanics are immigrating to America, but from I know or can infer is that they just want a better life for their families.

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6 Comments
  1. Dominic 15 hours ago

    Hi Emmanuel, I thought this was an interesting article to read because of the statistics on the demographic in NYC. I did not expect there to be so much more minorities in the population compared to white people, so when I saw that only 30% of the population is white I was surprised. Another part I liked was that you gave your take on the topic and even showed your family’s experience with immigration into America.

  2. Kathryn 15 hours ago

    Emanuel, your post very well highlights the motives many people have for leaving their home countries and immigrating to the United States. I too am a child of immigrant parents and I can speak to the experiences my parents have had living in this country and building their lives from scratch. A lot of the time people do not realize that leaving your birthplace and your home country is not easy; no one does it just for fun. I think that perhaps including more statistics on immigration specifically from Latin America would be beneficial to your argument and would validate your main point. Background on the current economic and social state of many Latin American countries would also be interesting to see in a post like this.

  3. Cassie 17 hours ago

    What you wrote was very interesting and I agree that immigrants move from their home for a better life for themselves and their children. I think we need to put more effort into programs that assist those coming into the united states because the entire US is made up of immigrants who moved from unsustainable places to a place that is known for dreamers and those who can accomplish anything. Here’s an article I found about this idea (https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/06/17/key-findings-about-u-s-immigrants/)

  4. Tiffany 18 hours ago

    Your post was well written and I appreciate you adding in that little bit of personal information. My mom as well left her home country, in order to have a better life for me and my sister. I enjoyed the facts you added, which helped realize how diverse New York is.

  5. Elliot Gleich 18 hours ago

    Hey Emanuel,
    You presented all your information well and it makes sense that they would want to move here for a better life. I just wish America was putting into place more programs for family like yours who struggle with poverty and living situations. Our country was founded by immigrants and families like yours only help the economy, so I don’t know why some people don’t want to help immigrant families.

  6. Drew 23 hours ago

    Dear Emanuel,
    Your article was very interesting, and I enjoyed learning more about the background of people in New York. I go to Buffalo to visit family, and this made me reflect on the people that I interact with there.
    Hearing your Mom’s story about coming to NYC was very moving. Coming to a new country and giving up your old life to help your children’s future is incredible.
    I recently did research about public housing, and found information about New York City. Apparently “New York City has a public housing waiting list with ‘a 1 percent vacancy rate and more than 270,000 families waiting for a spot’” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-public-housing/2015/09/11/2e55a57e-57c9-11e5-abe9-27d53f250b11_story.html). I know shelters aren’t technically public housing but I thought this information might be interesting considering your topic.
    I enjoyed hearing your unique perspective on this topic, and look forward to seeing what you write next!

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