Report: Latino Kids Face More Obstacles to Opportunity in Arizona Than in Most States

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Alejandro Hernandez


A report from a child-welfare foundation says Latino kids in Arizona face more obstacles to opportunity than Latino kids in almost every other state.

The "Race for Results" report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation compares various measures of obstacles for children of different races. Nationwide, white and Asian children generally faced fewer obstacles than Latino, black, or Native American children.

The report took into account 12 factors, mostly related to education or poverty, like measures of high school students graduating on time, or children living in families 200 percent or more above the poverty line.

"Despite efforts to eradicate the most overt forms of racism in this country, a web of stubborn obstacles remains, undermining the chances for children of color and their families to succeed," the report states. "Even families of color in the middle class have a very tenuous hold on their economic status. Children of color are more likely to fall out of the middle class and are more likely to stay in the lower class as adults."

Children of all races in Arizona were a little behind the national average in these measures, except for black children, who fare better in Arizona than in other states (which is still well below the measure for white children), and Latino children, who face many more obstacles in Arizona than in most other states.

Only six states had lower scores for Latino children, and here are the factors for Latino kids in Arizona, plus white kids in Arizona, for comparison:

  • Babies born at normal birthweight: 94 percent (93 percent for whites)

  • Children age 3 To 5 enrolled in preschool or kindergarten: 41 percent (53 percent for whites)

  • Fourth graders at or above proficient in reading: 17 percent (42 percent for whites)

  • Eighth graders at or above proficient in math: 19 percent (45 percent for whites)

  • Females 15 to 19 who delay childbearing until adulthood: 86 percent (95 percent for whites)

  • High school students graduating on time: 71 percent (77 percent of whites)

  • Young adults ages 19 to 26 who are in school or working: 73 percent (86 percent of whites)

  • Adults ages 25 to 29 who have an associate's degree or higher: 18 percent (43 percent of whites)

  • Children who live with a householder who has at least a high school diploma: 66 percent (95 percent of whites)

  • Children in two-parent families: 63 percent (74 percent of whites)

  • Children in families 200 percent above poverty: 32 percent (67 percent of whites)

  • Children living in low-poverty areas: 48 percent (86 percent of whites)

Except for the normal birthweight category, the U.S. average for Latinos was better in every single category.

Despite Latino kids facing more obstacles in Arizona than in the rest of the country, American Indian children in Arizona actually have a higher factor of obstacles. However, data on American Indian children wasn't available in most states to make a comparison.

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Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

Your so full of SHIT Richard, people like you are fucking dangerous because you make shit up and you post it....FACT: 100's of falsified Social Security cards are printed up in the USA or MEXICO for ILLEGAL ALIENS EVERY FUCKING DAY AND THEY ARE PHONY!!!! (Get your facts straight ya stupid fuck!!!!) " Where is the money that was paid into taxes from the ILLEGAL ALIENS????" ....Where the fuck do ya think it is??? The IRS don't give a shit about TAX returns that aren't claimed you MORON!!!! LMFAO!!!

Chuck Klee
Chuck Klee

I wonder how many obstacles they would face in a Latin Country? At least here they won't be at such a high risk of chainsaw decapitation.

mrh0202201091
mrh0202201091

 ............................. It does not surprise me at all....("The World could be coming to an end tomorrow") And these people would still be here arguing about race and ethnicity....And about what????....A broken border..that may or may not even be here 100 years from now...That we've only had for a short time..While the Aztecs an Mayans had for 10,000 years or more...Oh.. i bet the Russians and the Chinese get a kick out of this..And really??? Do you think this is what the Founding Fathers of this Country, meant when they set out to make "A more perfect union"  the Republicans are going to have to show some true leadership here in Arizona...If not???? Please step aside and give the Democratic party a shot...The People will decide...not the 'R's or "D"s or Independents. 

johnlancaster85035
johnlancaster85035

   HA... HA.....HA  ...YOU PEOPLE..make me laugh...This is all that the SO CALLED "REPUBLICANTS"  want.....IS  "divisiveness" between Whites and Hispanics.While you people are hear fighting...and verbally tearing into each other..THEY sit back and laugh they're little souls off...(Oh excuse me,...what ever souls they have left..If any?)Oh they enjoy every bit of it...All the way till election time.Ha.. Ha.. Ha.."They have they're spys everywhere".

L.t. Gus
L.t. Gus

Truthfully everyone here is an illegal citizen except those of Mayan an Aztec ancestry. Self righteous people kill me with their ignorance.

robert_graham
robert_graham

I like Tim Fletcher's comment below... "They flood in like cockroaches so extermination makes sense". It's true.

Chip Quinn
Chip Quinn

I'm not aware of any attempt from the "government" to portray the Latino community as any sort of scapegoat. The illegal alien community, to a small degree, but that is a legitimate problem that costs us major dollars every year.

Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith

Richard, "cherished"? Newsflash...there have always been racists and the perception of one group of people about other groups has been pretty constant for as long as I've been around. The only real change I know of is the trend in the media to paint AZ as overtly racist. Swell articles such as this fine New Times piece (of swill) only serve to fuel the perceived race war.

Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith

Soooo, New Times, throw out some suggestions on how to bring up the poor, oppressed people. Look at the replies....hateful responses from both "sides". New Times excels at stirring the schitt.

Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

Also Richard. Most employers who take the risk of hiring illegal aliens pay in cash. "Under the table". That's why they are "day labor". No taxes taken or paid.

Steven Glansberg
Steven Glansberg

Edward Anthony Green 2.6 Billion ?? Negative && I bet they haven't effected your wallet till this day. Drink a beer and get over it dude

Brian Schaefer
Brian Schaefer

A statement doesn't become a fact just by using the word "fact." FACT!

Arturo Olmos
Arturo Olmos

My mom worked 2 jobs for a large portion of my childhood Francisco Cortez. It was hard but not impossible for her to still do what she had to as a parent. I come from a single teenage parent. No one said it was going to be easy but listing excuses and blaming circumstance for our shortcomings gets us nowhere. We need to tell our community that yes, shits going to be harder because of where we come from, but that just means we have to be tougher than the next guy to succeed, instead of listing study after study explaining why its so tough for us.

Ana Delmy Caro
Ana Delmy Caro

Jaja.. this fool said liberal propaganda... jaja.. Good Ol' Boy from the south.. Bet ur dying to get rid of me cuz of my last name... gtfo ... pick up a book and educate yourself on the history of the country. You'd be surprised at what you find out... of course... if you are open to the truth

Richard Davenport
Richard Davenport

Edward Anthony Green when you receive your paycheck are taxes taken out? why would anybody who is paid by paycheck be paid differently? so not only are those taxes taken out of your check when you are paid but if you are an illegal you cannot file for taxes at the end of the year and get any of that money back. simple question where did that money go? over 12 million people in the United States that do not get tax returns because they are illegal!! where is that money that was taken from their Paychecks?

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

Francisco Cortez THAT'S BULLSHIT AND MORE LIBERAL PROPAGANDA GARBAGE!!!! Illegal Aliens don't pay fucking taxes dipshit because they aren't US citizens.... And if your talking SALES TAX RETARD Arizona's Tax Revenue was $12,973,265,000 in 2013 for the entire state (That money runs the entire state infrastructure.) .....your numbers reflect the fucking entire NATION, ALL 50 STATES!!! So you see AZ. legal citizens are still stuck holding the tab for your BULLSHIT!!!! At least with General Electric we get Jobs for American citizens, technologies, and a better tomorrow .... with Illegal Aliens all we get is FUCKING GRIEF, VIOLENT CRIME, DRUGS and RIPPED OFFED!!! What part of Illegal don't you fucking understand???? If you want to be a citizen of the USA then do it the fucking RIGHT WAY MORON!!!!

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

A lot of these Latino parents are working 14 hour days or two jobs, so you know what? They don't have all the time that Todd or Heather have with their kids.

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

Edward, just because you pulled those number out of your azz, doesn't make it true.

Richard Davenport
Richard Davenport

and they pay all the medical fees in cash. Fact ! a lot of those medical bills that are unpaid are being un paid by American citizens. Fact you may not collect any benefits SSI,TANF, unemployment, food stamps,etc.. unless you have a social security number, this means anybody on any of those programs is an American citizen. Fact Edward Anthony Green you in the under educated people like you are the number one problem with people in Arizona. you fail to use common sense and you fail to actually investigate the situation.

Richard Davenport
Richard Davenport

actually that same year they put over six billion dollars into the economy. fact!!

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

ILLEGAL ALEINS COST AZ TAX PAYER 2.6 BILLION A YEAR!!! Fact not Fiction!!!

Tim Fitchner
Tim Fitchner

They flood in like cockroaches so extermination makes sense

Matt D'olivo
Matt D'olivo

Mexicans don't see that this is a southern state and the good O'le boys are firmly in charge here

Edward Anthony Green
Edward Anthony Green

ILLEGAL ALEINS COST AZ TAX PAYER 2.6 BILLION A YEAR!!!! Most of you retarded fucks won't except the truth even if its right there in front of you sorry asses.....accountability? ...WTF is that? Something as simple as the term ILLEGAL ALIEN eludes your warped minds.....can everyone say DENIAL? WELL HERE IS THE TRUTH DEAL WITH IT YOU LIBERAL TURDS!!!! There were an estimated 278,460 illegal aliens working in Arizona in 2011, approximately 9.3 percent of the total workforce. Unemployment in Arizona in January 2012 was 8.7 percent with 262,587 Arizonans officially unemployed. Over 10% of children enrolled in public schools (K-12) have parents who are in the U.S. illegally. Illegal aliens and their children were found to be 37 percent of the uninsured population in Arizona in 2008, and the cost of uncompensated care for illegal aliens in Arizona is $320 million annually. The total education, medical, and incarceration costs in Arizona due to illegal immigration are $2.6 billion a year. FUCK ILLEGAL ALIENS!!!!

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

lol@gringo. puro xicano you pinche paisa.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

.45 to the face of the hating mojarras!!!

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

bringing a knife to a gun fight, boy, this is AZ, better get your shit right mojarra.

quetzalcoatlonice
quetzalcoatlonice

maybe it's genetic. we could try a few experiments like modifying the latino genetic makeup by inserting winter flounder genes to make the latinos more frost resistant, like the "fish tomato." then they could move to colder climates like canada and iceland and we wouldn't have to waste dollars doing studies which display their poor performance.

Richard Davenport
Richard Davenport

Every time the economy is bad people look for someone to blame. Here in Arizona our government has taught us that it is all caused by latino influence. Be they legal or not. Do you really expect anyone from this Latin community to be treated fairly? everyone forgets that back in the 90's they were a very cherished part of our community. they were popular back then because they put billions of dollars into our economy. now we make them outcasts.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@johnlancaster85035  Dude:  if you are going to attempt to deride someone or in this case a huge segment of the population just because you are a liberal ninny, you should learn the English language and use proper grammar.    I believe you meant to say here fighting not "hear fighting".  Also, please look up the proper usage for 'there',  'their', and 'they're'.  It is just not that hard - even for a loony liberal.   

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Well gus, since you are being "truthful" please give us your enlightened definition of "illegal".  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Golly marco, you talk so tough.  I bet you are a gangsta.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

This is how it starts.  And you wonder why you are picked on and treated shabbily.   Perhaps Mexico would be more hospitable.  With that attitude you could join a drug cartel and be a real big-shot.    

johnlancaster85035
johnlancaster85035

@fishingblues @johnlancaster85035    What do you have to offer???nothing!!!Nada!!Zilch!!! you complain like a bitch!!..(With a Baby picture  as your profile!)!ha..ha ..ha 

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