Skip to comments.America's Assimilating Hispanics (We Don't Need No Stinkin' Border Fence)
Posted on 06/18/2013 8:42:07 AM PDT by lbryce
The evidence shows they are following the path of earlier immigrants.
As immigration reform moves through Congress, one claim by opponents is that this time immigration is different because the country's latest arrivals aren't assimilating. On the contrary, however, the evidence overwhelmingly shows that today's immigrants are acculturating and moving up the economic ladder like previous generations.
The media's tendency to report "averages" in educational attainment, English-language skills, income and other traditional measures of assimilation can make it difficult to determine whether immigrants are making gains. Since Latino immigration continues, averaging together the poverty rates or homeownership levels of large numbers of people who arrived recently with those who have been here for decades can provide a skewed view of progress.
Measuring assimilation properly requires following the same immigrants over generations. And the good news is that longitudinal studies that take this approach show that Latino immigrants have made gains similar to other groups who preceded them.
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This report demonstrates otherwise but I have grave doubts on the veracity, legitimacy of what it purports to convey.
Call me a cynic but I believe there's a deeper more sinister point to the report and that is as a message to xenophobes that there's no need to feel threatened by the multitude of Hispanics entering the country illegally or even the need to build a boundary fence with Mexico to keep them out, because eventually as these fine, hard-working folks arrive, as generations past have done, legally or otherwise, in search of their own American dream, like previous generations have in fact been shedding their local ethnicity conforming to the American way of life, it's culture, like a snake shedding its skin for a brand new shiny one underneath.
So, I don't necessarily buy this demographic dream the left-wing liberals have concocted about the future and any need to worry about illegals overrunning the country or having to build a ridiculous, overly expensive fence we are ill-equipped to build financially, politically, anyway.
WSJ, are you kidding? You are right to doubt the veracity of this article.
I knew a Hispanic girl 25 years ago who told me that her dad would get angry whenever anyone in the house spoke Spanish. “You are Americans now, and you must speak English!”
I have the impression though that situation has changed light-years since I knew her.
Too bad there isn’t a wave of illegals waiting to take all the editorial jobs at the WSJ. They might have a different take on the blessings of illegal aliens.
Who wrote this? Paul Gigot? He’s been schilling for amnesty for at least ten years, since he took over the WSJ editorial page when Robert Bartley died.
The whole assumption is WRONG since previous legal “immigrants” got no benefits on the backs of taxpayers and had to swim or sink as they became US citizens with total loyalty to the US for giving them a chance to swim.
Most immigrants assimilate. So what? That is no argument for open borders or amnesty for tens of millions.
Michael Medvid had Gigot on yesterday. Medvid is about 10% as smart as he thinks he is.
Typical liberal Utopian line of attack: Everyone is the same, all people are equal. You think otherwise and you’re a racist.
America is not assimilating “Hispanics”, they are assimilating America. All you have to do is look around, they denigrate every aspect of American life, turning neighborhoods into Tijuana as fast as possible. Learn English? hell no! we are supposed to learn to speak Spanish! This is the major problem, they don’t want to be Americans (after all we stole Aztlan from them) they just want everything they can suck out of America!
WSJ has been running an incessant parade of left wing opinion pieces. And their hard news is totally skewed as well. It is the functional equivalent of the NY Slimes.
Want to know when we’ll know hispanics are assimilating into America?
When I make a phone call and I never, ever again hear:
“Press 1 for English...”
my experience shows they are not assimilating except for a small percentage...generally the better educated and informed illegals. the majority still want to go back Mexico after they fleece the USA.
Where will their petulant offspring invade after they turn America in the hellhole they escaped from? Invade and multiply appears to be their religion.
Same open borders BS, different decade.
WSJ hates 'nationalism' unless its 'Hispanic'.
Why don’t we just roll into mexico and take over the land near the border and see out they like it.
Mexico is absorbing the United States, already close to 10% of their population has physically relocated to here.
Then why do I have to “press 1 for English”?????
The schools and laws actively DISCOURAGE “assimilation”!!!
Any Christian that votes (d-rat) is a hypocrite.