Past Features

September 22, 2015

Plotting America's Future
Changing Our Culture by Design

Mexicans are proud of their Aztec heritage.
Stephen Dinan -- Washington Times -- September 21, 2015   
Mexican, Central American immigrants lag behind at assimilating into U.S. culture
    Immigrants overall do rather well at assimilating into the U.S., but there are major differences --- particularly for poor Mexican and Central American immigrants, whose families lag behind the kind of integration the U.S. has prided itself on for decades, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said in a report Monday.
    Immigrants are healthier than the native-born, have longer life-expectancies, and have lower crime rates, the academics concluded. And more than a quarter of immigrants have a college education, giving them a head start, and their children “do exceptionally well” in integrating.
    But Mexicans and Central Americans average less than 10 years of schooling, and while their children end up better-off than the parents, they still remain behind the native-born, suggesting a persistent problem with assimilation. [...]
    And even though the U.S. grants birthright citizenship — a rarity among major economies --- immigrants here lag behind other countries in earning citizenship. The academics said just 50 percent of immigrants who've been in the U.S. 10 years or more have become citizens, and even excluding illegal immigrants the rate is still “well below” Australia, Canada and major European countries. [...]
    The National Academies researches said the current level of illegal immigrants in the U.S. is “unprecedented” — chiefly because during the last major wave of immigrants, at the turn of the 20th century, there were few legal barriers so almost all immigrants were legal.

Glenn Spencer -- American Patrol Report
Changing America's Culture --- A Death Wish?
    Thirteen years ago the Los Angeles Times reported on thousands of immigrants "who never got past primaria, the basic six-year public education of rural Mexico and Central America. In the best of times, they hang on to jobs with landscaping services and in carwashes, garment shops and steamy restaurant kitchens.” “Nearly 25% of Los Angeles adults never completed high school --- about double the rate of San Francisco and San Diego."
    Sixteen years ago, writing in the Wall Street Journal (The Cultural Roots of Poverty), Lawrence E. Harrison, a senior fellow at Harvard University's Academy for International and Area Studies, observed:
    A growing number of Latin Americans, novelist Mario Vargas Llosa among them, have come to the conclusion that culture is at the root of the region's underdevelopment. Lionel Sosa, the Mexican-American advertising executive and author, has come to the same conclusion about Latino underachievement in the U.S. In his 1998 book, "The Americano Dream," he points to fatalism, the resignation of the poor and the low priority of education as major obstacles to upward mobility. [...]
    The course of human progress demonstrates that some cultures produce greater good for greater numbers than others.
    The evidence is very clear that transforming America into a Hispanic culture will diminish our nation as a world power. So why does Barack Obama try to so hard to make this happen? Does he have a death wish for us?
    The simple answer is: Yes.