May 13, 2008

IT WAS THE TANCREDOS AND BUCHANANS WE SHOULD HAVE KEPT OUT:

Study Says Foreigners In U.S. Adapt Quickly (N.C. Aizenman, 5/13/08, Washington Post)

The study, sponsored by the Manhattan Institute, a New York think tank, used census and other data to devise an assimilation index to measure the degree of similarity between the United States' foreign-born and native-born populations. These included civic factors, such as rates of U.S. citizenship and service in the military; economic factors, such as earnings and rates of homeownership; and cultural factors, such as English ability and degree of intermarriage with U.S. citizens. The higher the number on a 100-point index, the more an immigrant resembled a U.S. citizen.

In general, the longer an immigrant lives in the United States, the more characteristics of native citizens he or she tends to take on, said Jacob L. Vigdor, a professor at Duke University and author of the study. During periods of intense immigration, such as from 1870 to 1920, or during the immigration wave that began in the 1970s, new arrivals tend to drag down the average assimilation index of the foreign-born population as a whole.

The report found, however, that the speed with which new arrivals take on native-born traits has increased since the 1990s. As a result, even though the foreign population doubled during that period, the newcomers did not drive down the overall assimilation index of the foreign-born population. Instead, it held relatively steady from 1990 to 2006.

"This is something unprecedented in U.S. history," Vigdor said. "It shows that the nation's capacity to assimilate new immigrants is strong."


Because globalization is Americanization these folks are American before they ever get here.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 13, 2008 6:36 AM
Comments

I guess somebody forgot to tell the Marxists the Dems are currently trying to put in office about the Americanization bit huh?

Posted by: Perry at May 13, 2008 11:01 AM

Hillary and Barry are well Right of Nixon and Ford.

Posted by: oj at May 13, 2008 3:24 PM
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