Immigration: What’s in an Adjective?
David L. Leal has revealed to California’s GOP the secret of “winning the Latino vote” (April 19): “Over time, as Latinos and immigrants . . . assimilate in the classic American manner, they will be increasingly open to the Reagan message, as many already are.” But when he speaks of immigrants, he omits the vital adjective “legal.” The assimilation he takes for granted, he thinks can come after entry — legal or illegal. He is wrong. Congress has long insisted that there must be assimilation, guaranteed by naturalization, as the prerequisite to legal immigrants’ receiving the
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