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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:38 PM

When we start immigration reform, there is one word that belongs no where in the debate:



Assimilate



La asimilacion es unamerican

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Reply When we start immigration reform, there is one word that belongs no where in the debate: (Original post)
RB TexLa Jan 2013 OP
JustAnotherGen Jan 2013 #1
RB TexLa Jan 2013 #2
JustAnotherGen Jan 2013 #4
Yo_Mama Jan 2013 #6
SailorMike Jan 2013 #7
upaloopa Jan 2013 #3
JustAnotherGen Jan 2013 #5

Response to RB TexLa (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:46 PM

1. Why?

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:52 PM

2. Because there is no reason for free human being to have to assimilate to another culture

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Response to RB TexLa (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:06 PM

4. Thanks

My husband immigrated from Italy! He says it's very hard to assimilate to catsup and egg noodles as pasta as Pizza Hut being considered "pizza". Don't get him started on how "vulgar" we are that we tap glass and don't look the other person in the eye and take a sip. :rotfl:

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Response to RB TexLa (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:28 PM

6. Let's define "assimilation"

When almost all Americans use the term, they mean abandoning extreme cultural practices that are illegal here, such as honor killings, hunting squirrels in the park for dinner, and so forth.

Americans do not generally expect "foreigners" to necessarily develop a love for crappy pizza, greasy hamburgers and American football. By assimilation, they mean things like being willing to live under the laws of this country. We don't kill women who lose their virginity before marriage, we don't tip walls over on homosexuals, and people are allowed to speak their minds, even if it offends someone - such as criticizing someone's religion or cultural practices.

That basic degree of assimilation is not too much to ask, and any more than that is not required of any American, whether native-born or an immigrant. It's any American's right to basically live their own life, as long as that life does not require preventing someone else from doing the same.

We can't maintain the country we have without some degree of assimilation, and respecting the Constitution and the great compromise it involves - you have your freedom so long as you grant freedom to others - should be one of the reasons why people want to live in this nation. Economic benefits will come and go, but the American tradition of living individuals to work out their own cultural icons is a great thing.

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Response to Yo_Mama (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:26 PM

7. +1^^^

 

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Response to RB TexLa (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 07:53 PM

3. People will assimilate on their own or not.

You can't force it on a person. My grandmother never did.

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Response to upaloopa (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 08:13 PM

5. Yeah

Im choosing to start to assimilate to my husbands culture (we are bolting in 5 to 10 years). My choice though and that is a country where it is expected you will so as they because their ways are so much better! . So says my mother in law!

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