By Eunice Moscoso
Cox News Service
Washington — The United States must embark on an aggressive effort to integrate immigrants, including teaching them English and U.S. history, a federal task force recommended Thursday.
If this “Americanization” fails, the nation could see major problems in 20 or 30 years, with foreign-born populations detached from the larger society and engaging in anti-social behavior, said Alfonso Aguilar, who heads the U.S. Office of Citizenship.
Aguilar compared the potential strife to what is occurring in some Western European countries where foreign-born populations do not feel part of the larger society and are not accepted by many as full citizens.
“We should not be naive and assume that the assimilation process is going to happen automatically,” Aguilar said at a news conference.
A pdf of the Americanization report is here — at least til it’s sent down the memory hole on January 20.