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A warning signaled for Latinos and Texas

If the American Dream is upward economic mobility and arrival in the middle class, the grim statistics show only a small percentage of Texas' Hispanics are on the road to success.  As the state's Latino population continues to expand over the next two decades, if current trends stay the same, Texas is in danger of developing what one academic describes as a “permanent underclass.” Widespread poverty could pull down the standard of living for all Texans.

“It's not a Mexican-American problem. It's a Texas problem,” said state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio. “We've got a diminishing middle class, period.”  Data from a variety of state and federal sources show the Hispanic population in Texas is economically stagnating and may be falling behind Latinos in other parts of the United States:

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