Corpus Christi’s Hispanic Majority Mostly Born in U.S.

CORPUS CHRISTI — At the Mexican Independence Day festival here this month, where the accordion-fueled sounds of the Tigrillos drifted across the grounds of a former greyhound racetrack, attendees like Sara Gaona came to celebrate their native country.

Gaona, 39, a housekeeper who was dressed head to toe in the red, white and green of the Mexican flag, down to the ribbons in her hair, arrived in Corpus Christi a decade ago from Reynosa in northern Mexico.

Like Gaona, more than half of the residents in the Corpus Christi metro area are Hispanic. But the vast majority of the area’s ...

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