There are several Hispanic groups living in the United States. They differ in the linguistic, political, social, economic, religious, and familial conventions of statuses. For example, Mexican Americans do not possess any widespread economy. These people do not have their own entrepreneurships. Mexican Americans still use Spanish to speak at home; this concerns 75 percent of people from this group. The highest level of language retention occurs in the places of high concentration of these people. Mexican Americans’ status has not undergone any changes; they are still immigrants in the United States. Puerto Ricans also use Spanish as their primary language. These people have their own legislature, constitution and governor. Moreover, they are American citizens. When it comes to the political arena, Puerto Ricans have not decided yet whether to become a part of the United States or struggle for their independence. Cubans have various businesses and have developed political clout by means of their transformation of Miami into a beautiful and modern city presenting a younger demographic base. Very seldom Cubans use English to speak at home; in the majority of cases they apply their native language for communication. Latinos represent the largest segment of the Hispanic market. According to statistics, Latinos’ buying power will come up to $1.3 trillion by 2015 (Arreola, 2004, p. 125). This ethnic group applies Spanish in their everyday communication; some people even do not know English.

To conclude, it is necessary to stress that none of the Hispanic groups under consideration use English as the major language for communication. Puerto Ricans seem to be the only group that has managed to become practically independent from the United States. They have strong economy like Cubans and Latinos.

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