Hispanic Histrionics

According to Samuel Huntington, in Foreign Policy Magazine, the “unprecedented inflow of Hispanic immigrants threatens to divide the United States into two peoples, two cultures, and two languages. Unlike past immigrant groups, Mexicans and other Latinos form their own political and linguistic enclaves—from Los Angeles to Miami—and reject the Anglo-Protestant values that built the American dream.”

Mr. Huntington is not the first American to spout the equivalent of “there goes the neighborhood” in response to a wave of immigration. The mid- to late-18th century saw similar views expressed by similar alarmists. And I suspect the Native Americans said the same thing when those Anglo-Protestants first hit the beach.

I disagree with his argument on many levels. And I found his writing downright nasty at times; nevertheless, I believe the article is worth a read because the underlying argument is not likely to go away anytime soon.

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