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Hispanic Challenge

November 14th, 2010 · 1 Comment
Apr 12/Cultural Globalization & Latino Immigration and American National Identity · Reading Response Memos

In the Hispanic Challenge written by Samuel Huntington; we are given an essay about Hispanic immigration to the United States and examples on how the us are a whole. “Most Americans see the creed as the crucial element of their national identity. The creed, however, was the product of the distinct Anglo-Protestant culture of the founding settlers. Key elements of that culture include the English language; Christianity; religious commitment; English concepts of the rule of law, including the

responsibility of rulers and the rights of individuals; and dissenting Protestant values of individualism, the work ethic, and the belief that humans have the ability and the duty to try to create a heaven on earth, a “city on a hill.” The US was formed and I guess you can say established a way of living. There were norms and most people knew to follow them. When the Hispanics started immigrating to the US, society started to change. With the immigration, do you think the Hispanics were willing to change their own set values to meet those of our society? I think that with any group of people coming together there could be a clash.This creed soon came under attack; it seemed as if the US had a bias or racist set of ways that excluded certain groups. “The impact of Mexican immigration on the United States becomes evident when one imagines what would happen if Mexican immigration abruptly stopped. The annual flow of legal immigrants would drop by about 175,000, closer to the level recommended by the 1990s Commission on Immigration Reform chaired by former U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Illegal entries would diminish dramatically. The wages of low income U.S. citizens would improve” this quote, to me, pretty much proves that the US needs immigration to regulate the nation and keep things flowing. It would lessen the illegal entries and improve the lives of the U.S citizens, which sounds like a positive. There were divisions of territory “drawn” in the sand or divisions through water to stop other from crossing over, I think that everyone just wants a chance at freedom or a society where you can work and have rights.

With immigration, the U.S is able to see a culture that we hadn’t seen before the immigration, whether it be with African Americans or Hispanics. We are given and shown new and different ways of life like music, food, language and much more!

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  • 1    Prof. Hala // Nov 18, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Indeed, immigration changes US culture — and it always has. And with each new wave of immigration, there are critics who complain that the current wave is different, *uniquely* threatening…

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