ERIC Number: EJ724700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
How Census 2000 Data Suggest Hostility toward Mexican-Origin Arizonians
Hunnicutt, Kay; Castro, Mario
Bilingual Research Journal, v29 n1 p109-125 Spr 2005
Using the Arizona 5% Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) from the 2000 U.S. Census, we compare language-related figures for the Mexican-origin population with those for the total population. Additionally, we compare place of birth and educational attainment data for Mexican-origin persons who speak Spanish at home with those who speak English-only to provide a fuller characterization of these groupings. The 5% PUMS files contain individual records of responses to census questionnaires representing a 5% sample of the occupied and vacant housing units in Arizona and the persons in the occupied units. Our purpose is to more fully characterize the Arizona population to assist in improving education, language, and legal policy in the state, and we conclude that current legal, language, and education initiatives, such as efforts to impose an official English language and to restrict native languages in schools, are at odds with population figures and may signal hostility toward Mexican-origin Arizonians.
Descriptors: Mexican Americans, Housing, Official Languages, Educational Attainment, Census Figures, Spanish Speaking, English Only Movement, Bilingual Education, Educational Attitudes, Comparative Analysis, Public Policy, Educational Improvement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona