It is the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, and one local elementary school is recognizing the increasing Hispanic population by embracing it. The Spanish language is just a small part of what Bradley Creek Elementary school students learned during Hispanic Heritage Month. They also learned to celebrate the Spanish culture. The students participated in a Hispanic heritage parade featuring different Hispanic nations that they've spent the month learning about. This awareness is important as the Hispanic population continues to boom. According to Yanet Diaz, a member of the UNCW center for diversity, in the past 10 years the Hispanic population has increased 600 percent in North Carolina. There are 10,000 Hispanics living in Wilmington alone. "There definitely is the language barrier which I think seems to be the major issue," Diaz said. "It's very difficult if you get stopped by a cop and he only speaks English and you're a Hispanic who only speaks Spanish." "If you're an immigrant whether it be work permit or work visa to permanent residency you have that issue that you cannot impact which candidate is elected. You may have concerns over your immigration status but you don't have that right to vote however whoever is elected does have a great deal of influence that will impact your immigration status. The opportunity to travel to their country freely to be able to import and export goods from their countries, immigration laws," stated Diaz This change in the area's fabric means challenges and possible changes. Vote in next elections, not being able to vote, and legal status are all important issues. So as the future of many Hispanics lies in the future, awareness of the needs and Heritage of the population continues to rise.
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