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Introduction

Although the US is a nation of immigrants, resentment toward the foreignborn festers. The preeminent political scientist Samuel Huntington, for example, set off alarm bells in 2004 with his book Who Are We? The Challenges to America’s National Identity.2 He argued that Hispanics, in particular, are eroding the country’s core Anglo-Protestant values which he believes made America great, unified the country, and permitted immigrant upward mobility. Huntington expressed concern that immigrants from Latin America, who by the start of the new millennium accounted for approximately half of annual newcomers, and who together with their US-born progeny had become the country’s largest minority group, were creating another America, one culturally and socially distinct.