Sunday, November 18, 2007

Naturalization Delays Hinder Immigrant Assimilation

Many restrictionists, including prominent Harvard profesor Samuel Huntington, often complain that immigrants "fail to assimilate" and, among other things, fail to learn English (which is not really true, in any event).  However, we as a country do not always make it particularly easy for immigrants to try to become integrated into U.S. society.  For example, ESL classes are over-enrolled in cities throughout the country.  Naturalization of immigrants is the final stage of the formal legal assimilation of immigrants.  However, CNN offers a recent report about the red tape and long delays that make immigrants wait years to become citizens.


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