Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Opinion: Assimilation is a two-way street

Immigrants must assimilate into American life and America has to assimilate to the new look of our country.    - - Donna Poisl

by Stephen A. Nu┼ło

Ever since the late Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington wrote his famous article “The Hispanic Challenge,” conservatives have felt validated by their impulse that Latinos don’t assimilate into American society like past immigrants do.

Most damaging was that Huntington’s hefty credibility as a respected academic mainstreamed the fear being flamed by the anti-immigrant cottage industry.

While scholars have countered Huntington’s scholarship since then, that hasn’t stopped the persistence of the myth.  The Wall Street Journal recently reported a list of the ways today’s immigrants are following similar patterns of assimilation as past groups, such as the Italians.
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