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Wednesday, June 09, 2004

More on Huntington's Book

Ralph Reiland:

The "assimilation successes of the past are unlikely to be duplicated with the contemporary flood of immigrants from Latin America," writes Huntington, because these new immigrants are "comfortable with their own culture" and fail to "look down on and reject their ancestral language." Huntington cites a study which found that "more than 90 percent of U.S-born people of Mexican origin spoke English fluently," but that's not enough. We won 't be safe, he contends, until everyone who crosses the Rio Grande dreams in the same language as the original Huntingtons: "There is no Americano dream.

"There is only the American dream created by an Anglo-Protestant society. Mexican-Americans will share in that dream and in that society only if they dream in English."

Missing from Professor Huntington's account is Jose Gutierrez. An orphan on the streets of Guatemala City, he made his way to California at the age of 14 by walking and jumping freight trains. Brought up in foster homes, he joined the Marines to make money for college. On March 21, 2003, he became the first combat casualty in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was killed in action in southern Iraq, defending the society he worked so hard to reach.

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