Hispanics are like other people: If they are an economic threat, then they are viewed negatively; if they are perceived as a sociological threat, then they are feared; if they represent a large contingency of voters, they are good for the politician; if they will work for less than American workers, employers will hire them and be glad to save the money.
I think that all racial and ethnic groups view themselves as an important part of humanity! Hispanics are really no different than anyone else on earth in a physical sense. Their eyes, hair, and skin color may be darker than Caucasians, but it's the cultural differences that make them stand apart from all others.
Hispanics all originated from Spain. Spanish conquistadors. explorers, and priests spread out across the world for various reasons and everywhere they went they conquered, colonized, and converted. The Spanish were a strong, fierce, arrogant people with great ties to Catholicism. Even today, most Hispanics are Catholic.
As with most racial and ethnic groups, stereotyping occurs because of the actions of a few. Because of the new media coverage today, Hispanics are viewed as lazy, untrustworthy, troublemakers, and drug dealers! But, I know quite a few of them and they can be some of the hardest-working, honest, trustworthy people around. We just can't lump them all in the "bad" category!
Hispanics view themselves with pride, carrying their language, history, and traditions with them everywhere they go. They have many children, of which they are proud, and they teach their ancestry, customs, and ways to their offspring so they can carry them on.