A slowdown in immigration–legal and illegal–has shifted the demographics of the Hispanic population in the U.S. In 2007, 55 percent of the adult Hispanic population was foreign-born; in 2012 that number dropped below 50 percent. Overall, barely more than one-in-three Hispanics now is foreign-born. This should reassure those who are worried that an over-abundance of newcomers slows the prospects for assimilation. In fact, Hispanics are assimilating at rates comparable to–or faster–than previous groups. As I showed in my book Out of the Barrio Hispanics move up the economic and educational ladder as fast as previous groups of immigrants did, learning English along the way and intermarrying with those from other ethnic groups. Nonetheless, the inflow of newcomers sometimes obscures evidence of assimilation since most analyses do not take nativity into account when measuring education, language, and income. For more on the breakdown in nativity read Shifting Demographics of Hispanic Population
Linda Chavez