Feb 27, 2010, 6:57 PM
Post #15 of 18
Generacion Nini in Mexico perhaps is a similiar phenomena to Generacion 1.5 in the U.S.A as described recently in an article I read.
The article suggested that young people, born in Mexico but immigrating with their parents, illegally to the U.S.A. and raised there, fall in to Generacion 1.5.
Such children are able to attend elementary school and graduate from high school. Many do well academically and all learn to speak English fluently, often assuming the role of 'translator' within the family. Their parents often don't or can't learn English so matter how many years they live in the U.S.
However,the article stated that illegal immigrants cannot go on to further education(college or university) because of law. That leaves these bright, articulate teenagers, educated enough to think that they could go on, and stymied completely. Only able to get jobs at the lowest end of the employment scale as if they had never succeeded in school, in the first place. Prime targets for recruitment into criminal gangs, where their intelligence gets economically rewarded.
Ironically, their younger siblings, born in the U.S. can obtain citizenship and aren't necessarily as stymied in the same way. Younger siblings though, often copy or mirror behavior of older relatives, and the road is pre-paved into lucrative criminal activity.
I only read about this Generacion 1.5 recently so it's a new term for my understanding. Ditto for Generacion Nini.
However just learned about the extremely successful blacktar heroin business, making fast inroads into America from Mexico, via Sam Quinone's recent article, in the LA Times:
Call me drug-naive, but had no idea about this stuff and the small business 'model', something like pizza delivery, that is having a significant social impact. Flying under the radar, news-wise compared to the big drug business with its near daily blood-baths.