The fear that Hispanic immigration threatens American national identity is unfounded. Our new research, published in this month's issue of Perspectives on Politics, shows that the wave of Hispanic immigrants who entered the country after 1970 are following a traditional pattern. They begin to learn English quickly and, by the third generation, are almost entirely monolingual in the country's common language. Hispanic immigrants are as committed to the work ethic as any other group. Successive generations of Hispanics are increasingly likely to reject identifying themselves purely as members of an ethnic group in favor of identifying as Americans, and they will likely be highly patriotic. Predictions about the future always are risky, but at present Hispanic newcomers are assimilating much as earlier waves of immigrants to the United States.

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