The Washington Post had a good article yesterday on immigrants and integration, which showed that most of the arguments used by those who are against immigration are untrue.
- The authors of the article point out that most Latino immigrants speak english well and that “Only 7 percent of the children of Latino immigrants speak Spanish as a primary language, and virtually none of their children do.” The fear that Spanish is suddenly going to surpass english and become the national english of the US is therefore based on prejudice not reality.
- The most important point made in the article is that integration isn't a problem because “For all the rhetoric on both sides, the evidence deserves a closer look. Latino immigrants, like generations of immigrants before, are entering the mainstream of life in the United States. Ours is the best country in the world at assimilating immigrants. This should be a badge of honor, and one that we wear proudly.”
- I think that when people use integration to argue against immigration, they are in fact saying that their biggest fear isn't that immigrants won't assimilate but rather that they will integrate America and change it. Immigration scares people because they don't want there to be an exchange between American culture and culture, which they consider to be inferior. These fears are irrational because there is a lot more in common between different cultures than differences. Although globalization hasn't led to uniformity, it has made it possible for us to realize that shared values exist across varied societies and cultures since they are the ones who are making globalization, this compression between time and space possible.