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Published on Dec 12, 2008
Though the U.S. does not demand ethnic homogeneity, we are deeply divided over how newcomers should assimilate and offer little support to arrivals eager to become American. Tomás Jiménez, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, sits down with Alfonso Aguilar (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services), José Luis Gutiérrez (Illinois Office for New Americans), Laureen Laglagaron (Migration Policy Institute), and Urban Planning Professor Dowell Myers (USC) visited Zócalo to ask what government should do to bridge the gap between immigration and integration. Should the federal government help immigrants adjust? And what does it all mean for Americans?