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Nov 16 Latino Immigration

November 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment
Apr 12/Cultural Globalization & Latino Immigration and American National Identity

Samuel Huntington’s The Hispanic Challenges speaks on how the Hispanic immigration has yet to successfully assimilate with the culture that is now American.  The Hispanic immigration is very unique.  It hold no similarities to previous immigrations from the past such as Irish German and Scandinavians.  The lack of assimilation leads to the realization that the American culture will become dual.  For example, the norm would be to speak both English and Spanish.  The reason that the Hispanic migration is taking over is because of its huge stream of immigrants coming over.  And their increasing rate of  producing large families.  This factor makes the Hispanic people more visible and seen.  Mexican immigration differs from past immigration and most other contemporary immigration due to a combination of six factors: contiguity, scale, illegality, regional concentration, persistence, and historical presence.  Another reason for why Mexico immigration is pressing thru is because it simply has to cross a boarder line/ small river. When one is so close to a country that is your escape from poverty, you will see flocks of people charging to this safe haven.  I believe it only makes sense to why Mexicans are focused on coming to America.  Previous Immigrations were known to have traveled thousands and thousands of miles  to come to America, Therefore making it more difficult to bring huge masses of people during the migration.  These people that were very far away had  to really think hard about leaving their country.  It was a decision that could be easily made, therefore making the immigration flow less and less. The Mexican persistence of coming into America has made them break out of being the minority.  Being that there are so many of them, they don’t feel like the minority nor do they feel the need to assimilate to the American way.  I believe that these theories hold a lot of truth to them.  If your on alone and considered an outcast, you would do anything possible to fit in.  But if your not the only outcast  and there is a strong enough group that you can fit in with then you will flock to them and not change.
The Hispanic Immigration is going at full force but Its not a negative thing.  it’s a new exposure of culture.  America has gone thru immigration before. It may not have been as rapid as this one but it was survive and make the best out of it.  It is sure to lead to new creolization

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  • 1    Prof. Hala // Nov 18, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Thank you, Greg! I’m glad to see someone applying the concept of creolization. Huntington perhaps underestimates all the Mexican-American creolization that has already occurred.

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