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My Testimony This Week on Assimilation

I testified this week about assimilation before the House Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee. Here’s a link to my testimony.

What—you don’t want to read all 22 single-spaced pages? Well, in it I discuss among other things my ten rules for assimilation, which I’ve written about before on NRO : Don’t disparage anyone else’s race or ethnicity; respect women; learn to speak English; be polite; don’t break the law; don’t have children out of wedlock; don’t demand anything because of your race, ethnicity, or sex; don’t view working and studying hard as “acting white”; don’t hold historical grudges; and be proud of being an American.

And, of course, I told Congress what the immigration bill needs to have on assimilation: “First, you should declare English to be the official language of the United States, make clear that federal law does not require foreign languages to be used, and create incentives for the provision of English instruction. Second, you should make clear that no immigrant be discriminated against or given a preference on account of his or her race, color, or national origin. Third, greater civic literacy should be encouraged, both in the naturalization process and, again, in instruction provided by public and private entities besides the federal government.”

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