The Economist The New Americans

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The Economist The New Americans Role of immigrants on reshaping the US: - “New Americans” are Hispanic and Asian immigrants - 3 factors for why they are more influential than previous waves of immigrants: o America is no longer frontier, it is well established and settled o Increased role of people power as human capital o New Americans are very different (i.e. look different) from the previous generations of immigrants Main Questions- Is the melting pot idea still working? Is it good for the US? How will the newest Americans change the country (stew analogy)? Demography as Destiny: - divide between reducing immigration and wanting to allow families to be reunified - illegal immigrants maintain the way of life for middle class Americans o paradox of spending a ton to stop them from coming in and doing nothing once they’ve come in Role of the Border: - billions spent “defending” Mexican border and now the Canadian (to stop terrorists from coming in) - 8 of 10 immigrants are legal, the border question doesn’t really apply to
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course GOVT 3857 taught by Professor Katzenstein, p during the Fall '07 term at Cornell.

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