A Second Generation at Risk
This chapter tells the story of the new Mexican-origin second generation, drawing from the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS) surveys of Mexican-American youth in San Diego, U.S. Census data, and other related research. It examines the trajectory of socioeconomic adaptation and advancement for this rapidly growing segment of the population. The chapter focuses on California, because the Mexican-American CILS sample comes from San Diego and because immigration and settlement, and the children who result from it, have a greater impact in California than in the rest of the United States. It discusses race and perceived discrimination among Mexican Americans, and reviews the socioeconomic status and accomplishments of second-generation Mexican Americans, from the school and labor-force accomplishments of an earlier second generation through the school performance of second-generation youth in San Diego and California today.
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