“Heritage Americans” Were Unassimilated Immigrants Once Too

Source: Reason
by Matthew Petti

“The immigrants keep coming, and they’re not assimilating. Unlike our immigrant ancestors, who came to America and never looked back, they still maintain ties to their old country, waving their foreign flags and reading their news in another language, bringing along cousins and friends from their village. Of course I’m talking about Basque shepherds, who settled the Rocky Mountains in the 19th century and continued to welcome new arrivals into their ethnic clubs more than 100 years later. Almost everyone in this country has ancestors who came from somewhere else. So nativists are now arguing that immigration now is simply different from their ancestors’ immigration. … That’s simply not true. Since ancient times, immigrants have maintained a sense of connection to the lands they left behind.” (07/08/24)