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Submitted by will.skowronski on Tue, 07/21/2009 - 00:38.
SPRINGDALE, Ark. - Don't overlook the obvious when exploring reasons for the recent Hispanic population explosion in northwest Arkansas, Jose Gomez told me.
Gomez, a campaign organizer for the Reform Immigration for America campaign, says he once found himself laughing while looking into a similar Hispanic population boom in New Hampshire. Professors were undertaking scientific, complex studies to find out why Hispanics were moving there. But he knew the answer when he stopped at a McDonald's employing Hispanics --and still hiring. Starting positions were $12 an hour. Other businesses, Gomez said, had similarly high pay for unskilled positions. The new residents saw a lucrative opportunity in New Hampshire and took it.