Big Business Sniffs The Immigration Coffee

If even Harvard professors can figure out what mass
immigration is doing to America, can Big Business be far
behind? The Washington Post this week ran an
insipid satire ["Hey
Professor, Assimilate This!"


Letters responding
] on Harvard scholar

Samuel Huntington
`s forthcoming

book
on the

cultural dangers
of mass immigration, but ironically
Business Week treats it a bit more respectfully.

"Ironically," because Business Week is
the weekly bible for

Economic Man
, the creature who has convinced himself
that nothing matters—to him and everyone else—but money
and who therefore has been

all on board
for mass immigration as long as there
was a buck or two attached to it, as there usually has
been. Now, though the magazine`s cover story tiptoes
around the subject, between the lines there`s a good
deal more skepticism about immigration than you might
expect.

The problem the story tries to confront is whether
the 39 million or so Hispanics in the United States, who
are mostly recent immigrants or their immediate
descendants, will "be

absorbed
just as other

waves of immigrants
were?"
as the headline asks.
"It`s possible," the headline answers, "but
more likely they will continue to

straddle two worlds
, figuring out ways to remain
Hispanic even as they become Americans."

Even that concession is a major victory for those who
have argued for years that allowing millions of
culturally distinct aliens into the country would create
subcultures that clash with the dominant and historic
culture of the nation—an argument Professor Huntington
has discovered and developed. His own recent essay in
the magazine Foreign Policy explains many reasons why
"absorption"
is not really taking place anywhere
near as much as the Open Borders lobby has always liked
to claim, and much of what Business Week cites
reinforces his arguments.

The story dwells on the problem of language. Yes,
Hispanic immigrants and their children

learn English
, but "a study of assimilation and
other factors shows that while the number of Hispanics
who prefer to speak mostly Spanish has dipped in recent
years as the children of immigrants grow up with
English, there has been no increase in those who prefer
only English."
One study cited in the article
"found that the group speaking both languages has
climbed six percentage points since 1995, to 63 percent,
and is likely to jump to 67 percent by 2010."
[Hispanic
Nation
,
March 15, 2004]

It`s great to know two languages, but this country
has always had one—English—and if it

acquires another
, the unity and identity a single
language helps create and sustain will start to shrivel.

Moreover, as the magazine acknowledges, there now
exists a vast subculture that reinforces retaining
Spanish as the main language. One Mexican-American
family featured in the Business Week story lives
in

Cicero, Illinois
, where

Al Capone once ruled
and where today 77 percent of
the residents are Hispanic and "Spanish
dominates
."
The more it dominates, the more
other cultural habits of the old country are
reinforced—what kind of food they eat, what they think
about work and family and politics, and what they remain
loyal to. That`s the problem.

Business Week can`t resist gloating over all
the

money
to be made off immigration, but it`s also
honest enough to admit that Big Business does all it can
to assist the cultural fracturing that Professor
Huntington warns about. "In its eagerness to tap the
exploding Hispanic market, Corporate America itself is
helping to reinforce Hispanics` bicultural preferences,"
the cover story notes, by

pitching ads
to Hispanics in Spanish and appealing
to their distinct cultural values and habits. One health

insurance company executive
told the magazine,
"We knew we had to remake the entire company,
linguistically and culturally, to deal with this
market."
Who`s

assimilating
to whom?

For decades the entire debate about immigration (such
as it was) turned on the question of assimilation—would
the new immigrants from

countries and cultures
radically different from the
European traditions of most immigrants of the past be
able and willing to adapt to the European core of
American life? Your answer to the question largely
determined your opinion about immigration. Today, it`s
pretty clear that assimilation in the sense the Open
Borders crowd

insisted
would happen

isn`t taking place
.

"Straddling two worlds," which is Business
Week
`s conception of what will happen, may not be
quite as destructive as

Balkanization
pure and simple, but it`s a far cry
from what anyone in this country ever wanted and a lot
closer to what the critics of immigration have been
predicting for years and what the vast majority of
Americans have always known. Harvard, at least in the
person of Professor Huntington, has now figured that
out.  Maybe

"Corporate America"
is about to learn that too.
Can Washington be far behind?

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[Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,

America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture
, is now available
from

Americans For Immigration Control.

Click here
for Sam Francis` website. Click

here
to order his monograph
,
Ethnopolitics: Immigration, Race, and the American
Political Future and
here for
Glynn Custred`s review.
]