Who are the newcomers?

I am pleased to see the special report "Hispanic Americans: Into the Mainstream," May 21. However, it is critical that you correct the impression that all Hispanics are recent immigrants. Hispanic settlers first came to New Mexico in the 16th century, and now face losing the political and economic control they once had here. Sandra Pinel, Santa Fe, N.M.

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