President Barack Obama gave his final State of the Union address Tuesday night. One of the big questions is, what does the future hold for Latinos in the wake of the Obama administration?
Part of Obama's speech in front of Congress included the following:
"Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, and turning against each other as a people? Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, what we stand for, and the incredible things we can do together?"
The President decided to focus on the hopeful future, rather than the desolate past.
It appears that Obama is fully optimistic about the future of America.
Prior to his last State of the Union address, Obama sat down with NBC Today's Matt Lauer and said that "there's no reason we shouldn't own the 21st century" if good choices are made in the present. He also said that those choices would determine the future, no matter who is sitting in the president's chair.
When it comes to outlook, Latinos have no problem there.
According to polls, Latinos have been seen as more optimistic about life than whites.
Rep. Joaquín Castro, D-Texas, has also stated that there's a reason why the Latino community should remain on the lookout for the silver lining.
"President Obama helped move this country forward," Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif, said. "It started off very ugly ... It was gangrene they had been given, and they chopped off an arm and took care of it that way."
While all of these sound positive, the real issue, according to NBC News, is whether Latinos' economical standing is enough to shape Obama's vision of the future of America.
Majority of the Hispanic population in the U.S. is at the median age of 29, while one in four children is of Latin heritage.
In addition, according to a Latino job growth report compiled by the National Council of La Raza in December, 13.8 million Latinos were unemployed during the same month, 65.5 percent of which were over the age 16.
Pew Research Center's latest report also revealed that the whites in America have increased their net worth 10 times from 2013, as compared to Latinos.
The Latino community needs more than just optimism from Obama's State of the Union speech in order to rebuild their confidence, according to political and economic analyst David Ferreira.
Former U.S. treasurer Rosario Marín also said that the situation of Latinos are worse now than before the Obama administration.
"I wouldn't be so proud if I was Obama of the legacy for Latinos," said Marín.
The biggest issue here, however, is immigration, which undermines all other issues.
Obama's government has reportedly faced intense reproach from immigration and Latino advocates and even fellow Democrats, for the New Year's weekend incident, in which several Central American families were deported from the country by immigration officers.
Indeed, even Cárdenas, D-Calif, acknowledges the fact that the ongoing arrests won't make Latinos optimistic about the future.
However, Rep. Xavier Becerra, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, argued that Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program allowed for thousands of young immigrants to stay in the country. He added that if it weren't for the Republicans' lawsuit that stopped Obama from making the deferrals and work permits, millions more could have stayed in the U.S.
"It really was about hope and change. I saw the change and believe we have hope," Becerra said.
Democrats also said that the Affordable Care Act allowed better access to health care coverage for Hispanics who lacked coverage.
What do you think? Is the future bright for Latinos in America?
Watch President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address in full below.