Leslie Berestein Rojas interviews Dr. Jody Agius Vallejo regarding the Latino middle class. Excellent insights regarding how traditional socio-economic factors alone cannot explain the rise (and fall) of the Latino middle class. Dr. Vallejo also makes the case for passing comprehensive immigration reform and the Dream Act.
… we need comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for those currently unauthorized in the country. This will help to secure the economic status of immigrants and their American-born children. Passing the national DREAM Act, which will provide a pathway to citizenship for unauthorized youth who obtain a college degree or enter the military, will result in immediate economic returns in the form of well-educated citizens who can contribute to the economic growth of this nation. We presently have unauthorized youth with college degrees working in the underground economy because they do not have legal status and this is a tremendous waste of human capital.