BETHLEHEM, PA – JUNE 19, 2011: Aeri Rosto (right), 53, grills hot dogs and kabobs to celebrate Father's Day outside the home of Eugenia Rivera, a Hispanic South Side Bethlehem resident. Rosto has lived the U.S. for 32 years. "My father was a cook," he said. "I started cooking with him when I was eight years old. I love it here. I have my 3 kids, my grandson. It's a great place to live."
Although Rosto lives in Bethlehem, he works in Somerville, New Jersey to support his family, commuting 45 minutes to work each day.
As the population of second and third generation Hispanics increases dramatically in the United States, a new boldness can be sensed among Latinos in America, stretching far beyond the southern border states. Demographers in Pennsylvania say the towns of Bethlehem, Allentown and Reading are set to become majority-minority cities, where Hispanics comprise a bigger portion of the population than whites. As this minority population increases dramatically in the region, Latinos are inching closer to their own realization of the American Dream, while gradually shifting the physical and cultural landscapes of their communities.