Trend affecting all aspects of society

By Eric Weslander (Contact)

Monday, November 14, 2005

They’ve come to fry fast food, scrub dishes, landscape yards and put roofs on homes.

Some came straight from Mexico or other Latin American countries. Others have been living in the United States for years, but have only recently found their way to the Lawrence area. Some have visas, but many don’t.

The Hispanic population in Douglas County grew at a rate more than double that of the overall population between 1990 and 2000. And observers say that in the past five years, the numbers have continued to soar â€