Hilario Santiago Vasquez looks on as his wife, Josefina Hernandez Santiago, holds the couple's 5-month-old daughter Esmeralda in Madera. A farmworker, Santiago Vasquez once followed the crops and slept under a bridge for lack of housing, but has since found permanent work and an apartment in California — a state where Hispanics are more settled than anywhere else. AP photo
Omar Martinez, left, and his father, Jose Guadalupe, pose at their family-owned Miravalle Foods spices and herbs business in El Monte. Martinez, 41, is the American-born son of immigrants from the Mexican state of Zacatecas. He’s the first Mexican-American to head up an organization that funnels remittances to jump-start development projects back in Zacatecas. AP photo
Omar Martinez poses at his family-owned Miravalle Foods spices and herbs business in El Monte. Latinos have become California’s biggest racial or ethnic group and are projected to become a majority by 2020, largely the result of a surge of immigrants from Mexico and Central American immigrants in the 1980s that included Martinez and millions more. AP photo

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