54 Fascinating Facts About Mexicans in the USA

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Mexicans currently make up the largest Latino group living in the United States today. Their influence is felt in politics, popular culture, film, art, science, law and of coursefood. The relationship between the United States and Mexico can become complicated and mired in politics, but here are some facts to help you clear the air.

1. The US Population Of Mexican Origin Is About A Fourth Of The Population of Mexico

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As of 2013, the US population of Mexican origin reached 33.5 million. This is about a third of the total population of Mexico (122 million), the second most populated country in Latin America.

2. Mexican Americans Make The Fourth Largest Tribal Group In The United States

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Mexicans are also proud of their indigenous roots. In 2013 it was discovered that Mexican-Americans make up the fourth largest tribal group in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that out of 31 million Mexicans/Mexican-Americans identified in the 2010 census, 175,494 identified as indigenous or “American Indian”. Just goes to show that even after years of indoctrination, indigenous ties are still strong.

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3. Mexicans Have Lived In The United States Long Before Any US Citizen

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The Mexican-American War caused Mexico to lose California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and parts of Oregon country. This war occurred after the Republic of Texas became independent from Mexico but was invaded by the United States. Congress declared war on Mexico on May 13, 1846.

Much of the dispute began when Texas and the United States had a dispute over the border of Rio Grande. When the war was over, people from the new states found that they now lived in the United States. Put into perspective: Mexicans have been in the United States since the country as we know it today was formed.

4. Pio de Jesus Pico, The Last Governor Of Mexican California

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“What are we to do? Shall we remain submissive while these daring strangers are overrunning our fertile plains?” said Pio de Jesus Pico, frustrated by the American illegal immigrants invading Mexican territory.

Many California landmarks and streets honor Pío de Jesús Pico, otherwise known as Pío Pico. He was the last governor of Alta California when it still belonged to Mexico. Today we know that area as simply California. When the Mexican-American war ended, Pico continued his public service because he was granted US citizenship right after the war. Pico was elected to the Los Angeles Common Council in 1853 and ended up not becoming a part of the council. He purchased the Pico House, which is now a part of Los Angeles’ Olvera Street and remains a testament of Mexican influence on Los Angeles.

5. Romualdo Pacheco, the Only Mexican-American Governor Of California In History

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Mexican-Americans have been getting elected to Congress since 1876, when Romualdo Pacheco was elected to office. He was removed when his opponent appealed the election results, but was reelected again in 1879. Before that, Pacheco was the governor of California from 1871-1975. Pacheco is still the only Mexican-American governor of California in its history, and was the first to be born when the state was still a part of Mexico.

6. Joaquin Murrieta, The Robin Hood Who Served As Inspiration For  The “Zorro” Character

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A native of Sonora, Joaquin Murrieta emigrated to California during the Gold Rush in 1849. As many gold seekers, Arrieta grew disappointed by facing the radical xenophobia of American settlers. According to one source, everything changed the day Americans beat Arrieta very badly and raped his wife. The pacifist Murrieta had a radical transformation.

Thirsty for revenge, Arrieta formed a gang that assaulted various settlements and trains. The California government considered him a dangerous criminal and offered 5,000 dollars for his head. Although he was eventually killed, several witnesses assured Arrieta was still alive, living in hiding. In 1919, writer Johnson McCulley, inspired by these events, wrote a story called “The Curse of Capistrano”, in which the fictional character of “Zorro” first appeared.

7. Lucy González Parsons, The Activist Who Fought For an Eight Hour Workday  

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Parson was born a slave, and she was definitely of Mexican and Native American ancestry. She was an eloquent speaker and played an important role in the founding of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union.

She and her husband, Albert Parsons, were forced to leave their home state of Texas because people were intolerant of their interracial marriage. She contributed to the newspaper edited by her husband, The Alarm, and her activism played a role in securing today’s 8-hour workday.

8. Mexicans Had A Large Influence Over The Classic American Cowboys

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The Mexican influence on the American cowboy is undeniable. Many terms cowboys use to this day are derived from Spanish: corral, lariat, buckeroo (vaquero – literally one who works with the cows), vamoose (“let’s go” from the Spanish “vamonos”), and bronco (literally “rough,” as in a horse that hasn’t been broken, yet). And those cowboy hats look like a Mexican sombrero.

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9. Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo, The First Mexican American Governor Of New Mexico

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Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo was New Mexico’s first Mexican-American governor, and its fourth in state history. Octaviano was elected to the United States Senate in 1928. He was instrumental in securing bilingual education for children in New Mexico right after the state became a part of the US after the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

10. Maximo Yabes, A War Hero in Vietnam 

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During the Vietnam War, Mexican American sergeant Maximo Yabes demonstrated true Mexican grit and a heightened sense of solidarity.

On February, 1967, a pack of Vietcongs ambushed an American bunker. Firing automatic weapons and shooting grenades, the vietnamese left the American squadron with no chance for defense. Fortunately, sergeant Maximo Yabes used his body to protect his soldiers from the bullets. Afterwards Yabes, already badly wounded, assisted two fallen soldiers and jumped to another bunker to fire his machine gun. He alone was able to kill the entire Vietnamese crew. After such heroic feat, Yabes collapsed and died minutes later.

Yabes received the medal of honor posthumously. The official government statement said: “His indomitable fighting spirit, extraordinary courage and intrepidity at the cost of his life are in the highest military traditions and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.”

11. The High Amount Of Mexican Immigration Is Fairly Recent

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Although many politicians use Mexican immigration as a talking point (usually not in a positive light), the high amount of immigration from Mexico is fairly recent. According to a 2013 study by the Pew Hispanic Center, there were less than a million people of Mexican origin in the US in 1970 (that year the US Census began registering Latinos by nationalities). The number of recent immigrants reached its apex in 2007 with 12.5 million recent immigrants. 65% of Mexican-Americans were actually born in the US, and only 18% are unauthorized immigrants.

12. Partially Due To The 2008 Recession, More Mexicans Abandoned The US Than Came In

Also, another Pew Research Center study found that more Mexicans left the United States than came in during the Great Recession period of 2009-2014.

Related Content: Pew Study: More Mexicans Leaving U.S. Than Coming In

13. Mexican Americans Conform The Youngest Community in An Aging America

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Mexican-Americans are also young. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, the median age of Mexican-Americans is 25, well below that of other Latino/Hispanic groups and the US as a whole.

Related Content: 17 Fun Facts About Latinos In The United States

14. Access To Health Care Is A Serious Issue For Mexican Americans

Access to health care is limited for Mexican-Americans. In every election cycle, there are politicians who accuse Mexican-American immigrants of obtaining health care illegally when the facts prove that they really have little access to health care compared to other ethnic groups. 29% of women of Mexican origin have health insurance of some sort, while 71% of non-Hispanic/white women are insured. That’s definitely a huge gap.

15. Mario Molina, The First Mexican American To Receive A Nobel Prize

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Mexican citizens have already received Nobel prizes, such as Octavio Paz (Literature) and Alfonso Garcia Robles (Peace). However, Mexican American Mario Molina was also granted this highly regarded distinction. A Physical chemist, Molina hails from Mexico City and moved to the US, where he studied the impact of man-made chemicals on our ozone layer. In 1995, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work. Molina was also honored with the Presidential Medal Of Freedom.

16. Ellen Ochoa, The First Mexican American Woman In Space

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Let’s not forget about space! Ellen Ochoa was the first Mexican-American in space, while José M. Hernandez and John D. Olivas have also had the opportunity to visit our vast universe as well.

17. There Are More Than 38,000 Mexican Restaurants In The United States

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When it comes to food, one can’t dispute the popularity of Mexican food in the US. In 2011, the U.S. Economic Census reported a record of 38,000 Mexican restaurants in the country. 10% of all restaurants in the US are Mexican, and the states with the highest percentage of such restaurants are Texas, New Mexico, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. And hey, even UNESCO added Mexican food to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Not too shabby!

18. Many Popular “Mexican” Dishes Are Actually American Inventions

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Be that as it may, many popular “Mexican” foods in the US are American inventions. Tortillas, refried beans, guacamole and tacos are 100% Mexican. Nachos with toppings, hardshell tacos popular in chains like Taco Bell, burritos, chili con queso, queso dip, chalupas, Tex-Mex fajitas, and jarred salsa are not Mexican in the least. Neither is the yellow cheese often used on top of nachos. Even churros are actually originally from Spain, and were adapted to suit Mexican taste buds.

19. Strawberry And Other Flavored Margaritas Are Also American Inventions

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Margaritas are also originally Mexican, but the original recipe calls for 3 parts lime juice, 4 parts triple sec, and 7 parts tequila. Salted rims are unnecessary but add a cool touch. Any other type of margarita, such as those with strawberry or other flavors are actually an American invention.

20. The Authentic Mexican Way Of Drinking Tequila Is Just By Itself

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Unlike what we see in movies or college spring break fests, Mexicans don’t drink tequila with lime and salt unless the brand is of low quality. The real way to drink tequila is by itself, with some tomato juice, grenadine, sangrita (a juice made of limes and oranges), and with hot sauce or chili powder as chasers.

21. There Are Several Spectacular Mexican American Chefs

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Watch any episode of Food Network and you’ll notice the great chef Aaron Sanchez on shows such as Chopped. His mother, Zarela Martinez, was also a great chef and taught her son how to make the best Mexican dishes. Sanchez has also become an expert on Mexican ingredients.

In addition, chefs Roberto Santibañez, Richard Sandoval, and Traci Des Jardins have also been putting their heritage on the plate as well. Even non-Mexican chefs such as Jose Andrés (Spain) and Richard Bayless (US) have studied Mexican cuisine and opened restaurants in the US to great acclaim.

22. 36% Of Fourth Generation Mexican Americans Speak Spanish Fluently

Many Mexican-Americans feel their ethnicity is important and is something they want their children to learn about as well. The same 2008 UCLA study that found this also reported that 36% of fourth-generation Mexican-Americans speaks Spanish fluently.

23. Their Support For the Democratic Party Dwindles By Generation

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An analysis of the 1996 election cycle showed that support for the Democratic party declined with each generation. First-generation Mexican-Americans voted Democratic at a rate of 93%, while the fourth generation voted at a rate of 74%. The same UCLA study also showed that third and fourth-generation Mexican-Americans tended to support bilingual education, friendlier immigration, policies, and affirmative action.

24. Their Fervor For Catholicism Has Declined In Every Generation

When it comes to religion, 90% of first-generation Mexican-Americans tend to be Catholic, while 58% of fourth-generation Mexican-Americans adheres to the religion.

25. Mexican Americans Want Priests To Marry And Feel That Women Should Become Priests

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Mexican-Americans also have different views on how the Catholic church should operate than Mexicans. A 2014 study by the Pew Research Center found that 65% of Mexican-Americans born in the US felt priests should be able to marry and 67% of US-born Mexican-Americans felt women should be allowed to become priests.

26. Cesar Chavez, The Leader Of The Hispanic Labor Movement

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Born in Arizona in 1927, Cesar Chavez dropped out of school to help his parents to work in the fields. His parents were migrant peasants who picked vegetables on random farms. The Chavez family worked very hard and struggled to put food on the table. Such experiences shaped Chavez’s vision and taught him firsthand the injustices farmers and most workers endure.

Years later, in 1962, Chavez founded the United Farm Workers, an organization fighting for the fundamental rights for farmers. He traveled all around California delivering speeches, stirring the souls of Mexican Americans and reminding them of their true worth. He popularized the motto: Yes, it can be done.

Chavez was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1994. His birthday, March 31, has become an official state holiday in Texas, California and Colorado.

27. Pedro Gonzales Gonzales, A Well Known Star Of Old Hollywood

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On the TV front, Mexican-Americans have been active on the medium for years. Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez was known for making appearances in films starring John Wayne. He even starred in a few shorts for the Looney Tunes and mad appearances in films as well. Pedro Gonzalez was unable to read or write, but he had the gift of memorizing the dozens of pages of movie scripts that were read to him.

28. Dolores Del Río, The Greatest Mexican Hollywood Star

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Del Río was born in Durango, Mexico and began her acting just as silent films were declining in popularity. She moved back to Mexico at that time but continued to appear in Hollywood films. Dolores del Rio is considered to be the first Mexican-American female lead in Hollywood cinema. She also starred in Broadway, in 1956.

Dolores also starred in Flaming Star with Elvis Presley (1960) and appeared in American TV shows such as I, Spy and Marcus Welby, M.D.

29. Mexican Americans Have Won Emmy Awards

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Mexican-Americans have made waves at the Emmys too. Nominees and/or winners of this prestigious TV award include Ricardo Montalban (winner, 1978) and Edward James Olmos (three-time nominee).

30. TV Is Filled With Notable Mexican Americans

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Today Mexican-Americans are quite visible on TV with Mario Lopez as our former crush, AC Slater, Eva Longoria, Kat Von D (yes, she was born in Mexico!), Cesar Millan, and of course, Maria Elena Salinas, Jorge Ramos and Maria Hinojosa.

31. Mexican Movies Have Earned Recognition in The United States

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Mexican cinema is popular in the United States, both due to large support in Latino communities and their high quality. Though Mexican films have been popular in the US since Mexico’s “Golden Era,” the late 90s/early 2000s once again created demand in the US for Mexican-made films such as Babel, Amores Perros, Pan’s Labyrinth, Frida, and Instructions not Included.

32. Anthony Quinn, The First Mexican American Oscar Winner

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Of course, Mexican-Americans have also made strides at the Academy Awards. Anthony Quinn was the first Mexican-American Oscar winner, while Salma Hayek was the first Mexican—American to be nominated for best actress due to her performance as Frida. Lupita Nyong’o was the first Mexican-born actress to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 12 Years as a Slave.

33. Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Master Director

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Iñarritu has once again been nominated for an Oscar award for Best Director for his role in directing Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “The Revenant”. You might know that he has also won an Oscar for directing “Birdman”, besides being the genius behind “Babel” and “21 Grams”

34. Mexican American Screenwriters and Directors Are Acclaimed In Hollywood

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Behind the camera, Mexican-Americans have been nominated for categories such as Best Screenplay (Guillermo Del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu for Birdman), Best Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki, Rodrigo Prieto), and Best Direction (Alejandro González Iñárritu and Alfonso Cuarón). Alfonso Cuarón was the first Mexican-American to win an Academy Award for his directing.

35. Mexican Americans Dominate The Pop Culture Scene

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We can also find popular Mexican-Americans in today’s pop culture scene. Fergie, Childish Gambino, Selena Gomez, and Joan Baez are all of partial Mexican origin. You can also count Demi Lovato, Jessica Alba, and director Robert Rodríguez in the mix.

36. Mexican Americans Starred In Several Sitcoms 

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In the sitcom category, Diego Boneta (Scream Queens), Stacey Dash (Clueless), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), Michael Treviño (Vampire Diaries) all represent Mexico well. And Lynda Carter (yes, the original Wonder Woman) was also Mexican-American.

37. Who Can Be Funnier Than Mexican Comedians?

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Do you enjoy a good laugh? Perhaps you’ve listened to the routines of Mexican-American comedian Louis C.K., who isn’t only half Mexican, but was raised in Mexico as a child. Or maybe you prefer to watch the Daily Show with its on and off contributor Al Madrigal. Other great Mexican-American comedians include Cristela Alonzo, Cheech Marin, Gabriel Iglesias, Paul Rodriguez and Freddy Soto.

38. George Lopez, The Acclaimed Comedian

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George Lopez was raised by his grandmother, and began writing comedy during his teens. During his 20’s, Lopez was already doing stand-up comedy in many venues, until he was approached by Sandra Bullock. Bullock gave him the idea and financial backing to produce the sitcom “George Lopez“. The show revolves about a fictional character named George Lopez, an aviation factory worker, and his family life at home. Lopez has devoted much of his time to charity and received several honors for his contributions to the Latino community.

39. Mexico: Crème de la crème Of American Sports

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Maybe you enjoy sports now and then. Well, Mexican-Americans are present in that area as well. Lee Treviño is one of the US’s greatest golf players, along with Lorena Ochoa. Ted Williams was Mexican on his mother’s side and is beloved by baseball fans everywhere. Anthony Muñoz is now in the NFL Hall of Fame and won 11 Pro Bowls, while Tony Romo is considered a formidable quarterback. Tito Ortiz is one of the greats in mixed martial arts (MMA). Eduardo Najera (Denver Nuggets) also represents in the NBA.

40. Nobody Punches Harder Than a Mexican

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Mexican-American boxers are a league of their own. The public knows Oscar De La Hoya but should also remember Johnny Tapia, Bobby Chacon, Orlando Canizales, Diego Corrales, and Mando Ramos among other Mexican-American boxers who did very well at their peak.

41. Luis Miramontes, Inventor of The Contraceptive Pill

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The Guttmacher Institute reports that 62% of women who use a contraceptive method use the pill. What does this have to do with Mexican-Americans? Mexican chemist Luis Miramontes invented the pill. He received his patent for it in the USA and his invention has become the savior of many women, a political issue, and a big influence on today’s culture.

42. Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena, The Inventor of Color Television

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While Americans were watching black and white TV, a Mexican was already enjoying color TV. If you love TV, then you’ll have to thank Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena. He created and tested the model one can use for color TV and patented it in the US before anyone else. Even NASA still uses his technology to this day. Talk about a long legacy!

43. Mexican Tortillas Have Already Outsold Burgers And Hot Dogs

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Back to food, in 2013 it was discovered that tortillas outsold burgers and hot dog buns in the US. And why not? As the culture of the US changes and Mexican-Americans continue to influence the country, expect to see guacamole, salsa and tortilla chips next to your hot dogs at your next tailgate party.

44. The World’s Largest Taco Was Made in Mexicali, Baja California

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The city of Mexicali, situated on the US-Mexico Border, is a modern Mexican city. Their population is very high-skilled and educated, and several tourists visit it every year. Mexicali is a blueprint of Mexican-American culture. It was there, precisely, when the world’s largest taco was made. In March 2003, a team of 80 cooks gathered 1,182.5 lb of grilled steak, 186 lb of dough, 179 lb of onion and 106.3 lb of coriander. After preparing the ingredients for six hours, the cooks assembled a taco that measured 36 feet long and 33.8 inches wide. They added 220 pounds of guacamole, to make it tastier, yummy.

The gigantic taco still holds the Guinness world record.

45. The Celebrated Mexican American Writers

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Go to any bookstore or check out any decent high school or college syllabus and you’ll see that Mexican-American authors are making an impact. Many celebrated authors include Ana Castillo, Luis Rodriguez, Sandra Cisneros, Gloria Anzaldúa, Manuel Muñoz, and Dagoberto Gilb among many others who deserve our recognition. Even American authors such as John Steinbeck couldn’t ignore the themes of Mexican-American immigration, and many of his books deal with what he saw in California farms populated by migrant workers.

46. Mexicans Also Contributed in The Art World

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In the arts, artists such as Roberto De La Rocha (Zack De La Rocha’s father), Harry Gamboa Junior, and Judy Baca have been a big influence—particularly in California. But young contemporary artists are also making themselves seen and heard. In the coming years, we will probably see the works of Annette Martinez, Natalia Anciso, Linda Lucía Santana, Fabiola Torralba, and Julio Salgado.

47. Christian Cota, The Mexican Fashion Designer

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Fashion would also not be the same without Mexican-Americans such as Christian Cota. He launched his first collection in 2007, and has gained several awards. He was a finalist in the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Vogue fashion fund in July 2010.

48. Selena Quintanilla, The Icon Of Tejano Music

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In the world of music, there is no artist who is better known than Selena Quintanilla. Her Tejano music proved that artists could make it in the US even if their music wasn’t in English, but people such as Linda Ronstadt, Joan Baez, and Ritchie Valens slowly paved the way for her.

Selena was murdered in 1995. As of 2014, she has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. 

49. Mexican Americans Have Produced Great Music

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Mexican-Americans still make music in bands like the Vandals (with Joe Escalante as bassist), Rage Against the Machine (Zack De La Rocha is of partial Mexican descent), Lila Downs, Pistolera, Childish Gambino, and Las Cafeteras.

50. Mexican Folk Music is Alive in The United States

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Mexican folk music is also alive and well in the US today. One can hear mariachi, son Jarocho (the music of Veracruz), corridos, and rock en español bands such as Maná.

51. Most Mexican Americans Voters Do Not Care About Immigration

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Back to politics, you’d be surprised to know that immigration is not the top concern for many Mexican-American voters. A 2014 survey found that health care, education, jobs and the economy are much higher on the list of priorities of average Mexican-American voters.

52. Janet Murguia, Head of The National Council of La Raza

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History is certainly ironic. Nobody predicted that the largest deportation program in US history would have been conducted by President Barack Obama, a member of a minority and the son of an African immigrant.

Since 2008, President Obama enforced aggressive raids that seized and deported more than 2 million people. There was a streak of cruelty in the measure, when undocumented parents were also expelled, thus destroying more than 270,000 families. Thousands of children, who are US citizens, were placed in foster homes.

Janet Murguia was one of the public figures who denounced this injustice. She said: Obama “can stop tearing families apart. He does have the power to stop this. We consider him the deporter-in-chief. Failure to act will be a shameful legacy for his presidency”.

Murguia is the head of the National Council of La Raza, a Latino advocacy organization.

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53. Jordi Muñoz, The Drone Innovator

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“I come from a generation where we all have Google PhDs, we can virtually figure out everything by just Googling around and doing some reading online” said Jordi Muñoz, a Drone innovator.

Jordi Muñoz came to the United States from Tijuana. Although a college dropout, Jordi loved working with electronics. His hobby was to build drones in his garage and create autopilots using motion sensors from video games. He did all this “just for fun.” Just for fun, Muñoz co-founded 3D Robotics, a drone tech company that received more than a 100 million dollars for funding. The company now has more than 30,000 customers.

“It doesn’t matter what is your background – if you work hard and do the right thing and you’re honest you can always do what you want in the US”, Muñoz said.

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54. Mexican-Americans Are the Largest Number of Latino Military Recruits

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Mexican-Americans have served in the military in all US wars after the American Revolution and are actively serving in today’s US military conflicts. Mexican-Americans are among the largest number of Hispanic/Latino military recruits.

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