The former White House chief of staff, John Kelly, said last year that Central Americans crossing the border are “not people who would easily assimilate.” NBC journalist Tom Brokaw recently said Hispanics “should work harder at assimilation,” and should …
Somebody should tell John Kelly that studies have shown Spanish-speaking immigrants today show exactly the same pattern as German-speaking immigrants in the late 19th century.
Data show that first-generation adult immigrants have a very hard time adopting English, but that the second generation speaks English at universal levels. That applies as equally to German immigrants in the 1890s and Spanish-speaking immigrants today.
Claiming that Spanish-speaking immigrants cannot or will not adopt English or American culture is ignorant fear-mongering. It’s also old and tired fear-mongering.