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Just as the fear of Irish & Polish immigrants plagued us in the 1800s and now does not exist, this current cultural fear of Latinos will pass as well. You don't see any cultural expectations in this country that we speak Polish, German, or Italian simply because there was a huge wave of these immigrants in the 1800s (in proportion, a larger wave than what we are seeing right now from Latin America), do you? You don't see Irish flags hung alongside American flags in people's yards, do you? No. What you find are Americans who are a third-German, or a quarter-Italian, who are proud of their heritage, but can't speak a lick of their ancestral tongue and are full-bodied, proud Americans. The acculturation process is underway among the Latino groups, and in thirty to forty years, the "fear factor" of the "overbearing presence" of their culture in our country will be non-existent because they will act like (and be accepted like) full-bodied, proud Americans. This acculturation process takes time and the more that Americans fight it, the longer it will take. It is hard for me to see, as a proud, white, female American (whose great-grandfather came from Germany in the early 1900s), why Oregonians, Arizonians, or other Americans are so hard on immigrants who come here to work hard and are not eligible for govt handouts. Isn't this what we ask our American children to do? Work hard, pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, and you will be successful? When we punish the people who do this, it only increases the sense of entitlement our children have, instead of reinforcing the message that the only way you get ahead in life is through hard work, discipline, and self-reliance.
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