The 39-year-old standup comedian says those reactions used to bother him as a young boy, but he learned that not speaking the language didn’t make him less Latino.
Bosquez represents the complexity of Latinos, a diverse group whose presence in the United States predates the country’s current borders.
“We’ve been across the Rio Grande since my great grandmother’s migrated (from Reynosa, Mexico) so we go some four of five generations,” said Bosquez, who now lives in Portland.
Here’s how Hispanic and Latino communities in America are far from a monolith.
Their ancestors hail from more than a dozen countries
There are 62 million people in the US who trace their ancestry or descent to Mexico, parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America as well as Spain, US Census data shows.
While the share of Latinos of Mexican descent is considerably large with more than 37 million people, there are more than a dozen other origin groups. Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans are among some of the largest groups.
They are reshaping states across the country
While there are large concentrations of Latinos in the Southwest, there are fast-growing Latino communities in the Midwest, along the East coast and the South.
North Dakota, Louisiana, South Dakota, Tennessee and Vermont have seen the largest growth of the Hispanic population since 2010 compared to other states, according to a CNN analysis of census data.
In North Dakota, the Hispanic population saw an 148% increase — something that experts say was partly the result of the oil and construction industry in the state.
Kevin Iverson, a demographer with the North Dakota Department of Commerce, said the Bakken oil boom attracted thousands of workers, including many Latinos to the state in the past decade.
Latinos are overwhelmingly represented in the mining, transportation and construction industry, Iverson says, and they seem to be second or third generation Americans. They make up to 5% of the state’s labor force, a number that has grown over the past 20 years from zero, he said.
They are younger than the average US population
When you think about Latinos, think about youth.
At least a third of Latinos in the US are under 18 years old and 41% are between the ages of 18 and 44, according to Census data.
Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center focusing on Hispanics, demographics and immigration, said most young Latinos were born in the US and they are more multiethnic and multiracial.
“A lot of people when they think about Hispanics, they think about immigrants and they think about Spanish speakers but young Hispanics for the most part they speak English,” Gonzalez-Barrera said, adding that there are more Latinos being born in the US than those coming from abroad.
Young Latinos are more likely to have higher educational attainment, are fully proficient in English and have more opportunities opening for them compared to older Latinos, Gonzalez-Barrera said.
Historically, college enrollment among White non-Latino students has been higher than any other demographic group in the US, but Latino students have made big inroads in part because of their youth.
From 2000 to 2018, the number of Latino students rose to 3.4 million from 1.4 million, marking the highest growth in all race and ethnic groups, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
They are a complex and powerful voting bloc
Latinos are a complex and diverse electorate with the power of influencing key elections and their support varies in different parts of the country.
“You can’t win California without reaching out to Latinos, so from the get-go there was an effort to connect with Latinos and Latino leaders to emphasize how important the recall was,” Angelica Salas, the head of CHIRLA Action Fund, an immigrant rights organization that worked against recalling Newsom told CNN at the time.
They are a fast-growing group of entrepreneurs
Between 2012 and 2017, the number of Latino small businesses increased in 45 states, according to a SLEI report.