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Immigrants' Social Effects
[HOME EDITION]
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Date: Mar 20, 2004
Start Page: B.23
Section: California Metro; Part B; Editorial Pages Desk
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The truth about Mexicans in America really lies somewhere between the scathing portrayal by Harvard professor Samuel Huntington and the glowing portrayal by Carlos Fuentes in "Wrongheaded Assault on a 'Brown Peril' " (Commentary, March 14). I don't think the most anti- immigrant individuals among us would disagree that Mexicans are some of the hardest-working people in our society. The Mexicans also, for the most part, have a deep sense of family values and responsibility. This fact cannot be refuted. It is something that the likes of Huntington have to admit to.

According to your March 11 editorial, Huntington's warnings about the American future under the onslaught of Mexican immigration are "utterly unconvincing." Oh? Have you actually looked around? Experiment with your radio, for example. Several nights ago, I found that 20 out of 52 AM and FM stations I received were in foreign languages, mostly Spanish. And that number is growing (e.g., the recent switch-over at KPLS). But The Times evidently thinks Mexicans are assimilating.

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