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Kudos to the Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce (in Northern Viriginia). Not only has it announced that, starting this fall, it will be offering English classes for immigrants, but last month, after a citizenship swearing-in ceremony, the chamber held a reception at which “immigrants were given a pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution, apple pies and coupons for hot dogs.” Eileen Curtis, the chamber’s president and chief executive, said: “The more quickly we can integrate the new Americans into a culture, the less are the tensions in a community.” She added, “The single most critical need in the assimilation process is the skill of English.” But a taste for apple pie is crucial, too.


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