Mass Immigration Driving School Segregation
By John Wahala
CIS Immigration Blog, August 10, 2017
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The isolation felt by immigrants has been well documented. Researchers have found that it takes the average person several years to become fluent in English. One study concluded that an English learner in California has less than a 40 percent chance to be proficient after 10 years of schooling in the United States. Add the stress of adapting to a new culture and it is no surprise that these students are alienated. Given the option, many have chosen to be with their international peers who share common experiences and struggles. A young woman interviewed by Gross, who attends the immigrant school on the Cardozo campus in D.C., explains that the teachers and students of the mainstream high school treat the newcomers differently and that the groups rarely mingle. She has found a new family in the immigrant school.
That sense of solidarity facilitates the learning process. But it also cements immigrant segregation from the rest of the student body. As Gross points out, there is no plan to transition students out of the immigrant schools; it is up to them whether they stay or go. Most, like the young woman featured in the Atlantic article, will choose a nurturing environment alongside their international peers. This will likely improve their academics, but will it make them better American citizens?
The growth of immigrant schools challenges the traditional goal of an integrated society. An initial reason for the establishment of public schools in the 19th century was to assimilate immigrants into an American national identity. Part of this integration was forming relationships with American peers. This, however, has been occurring with less and less frequency in our current era of mass immigration. Researchers have described the present state of public schools as being "re-segregated across racial/ethnic, linguistic, and economic divisions." Academic Gary Orfield, whom Gross quotes in her article, has found that more than three-quarters of Hispanic students attend majority-minority schools. Nearly 40 percent of Hispanics attend schools that are 90-100 percent minority.
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Richard Alatorre, Los Angeles City Council "They're afraid we're going to take over the governmental institutions and other institutions. They're right. We will take them over. . We are here to stay."
Mario Obledo, California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations and California State Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under Jerry Brown, also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton "California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn't like it should leave."
Jose Pescador Osuna, Mexican Consul General We are practicing "La Reconquista" in California."
Banned: The American Flag on Cinco de Mayo
by Kevin McCullough
Latino power comes full circle in L.A.
Once there was only Edward Roybal in a position of power. Today, as it did long ago, authority rests in many Latino hands.
By Cathleen Decker
April 11, 2010