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Children of Immigrants: Exceptional Outcomes?

  • Wed, Apr 1 2009
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    • Patricia Fernandez-Kelly
    • Alejandro Portes

  Immigrants and their children make up almost a quarter of the population of the United States today, with children of immigrants and immigrant children the fastest growing segment of the American population. Some fear that today’s newcomers, rather than assimilating into the mainstream, may form a new underclass and become a burden on the country. Of special concern are Mexican immigrants—who constitute the largest source of immigration to the United States—not only because many arrive with very low levels of education, but also because many enter the country without authorization. In their volume of The…

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Does Race Still Matter to African-American Children in Obama’s America?

  • Mon, Jan 26 2009
    • Obama and youth

On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama became the first African American to be sworn in as President of the United States. In the days that followed, a debate has emerged over whether the nation is entering a new “post-racial” phase. While actor Will Smith claims that “all our excuses have been removed” and Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina declared that “every child has lost every excuse,” New York Times columnist Charles Blow has strenuously objected that black children face “enormous and ingrained obstacles.” Which view is more accurate? How are we to square the election of the nation’s first black…

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