U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Falsehoods on Immigration – Part 8

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put up a website giving what it calls “10 Immigration Facts Everyone Can Agree To.” The so-called facts are both falsehoods and half-truths. Here is their #8:

U.S. Chamber’s Myth: “Today’s immigrants are not assimilating into U.S. society.”

U.S. Chamber’s Fact: “Today’s immigrants are buying homes, becoming U.S. citizens, and learning English.”

FAIR’s Fact:

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of immigrant residents over age five who speak a language other than English in the home increased from 47 million in 2000 to 59.5 million in 2012. That 27 percent increase raised the share of immigrants who speak other languages at home from 18 percent to 20.6 percent. This is a trend that demonstrates that traditional patterns of assimilation are now overloaded.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    Come to America, Legal or Not

    Carve it into the “Tower of Babel”; where no one understands anyone anymore; because English is just a “press 3 button” now. No wonder Babel was destroyed in the Bible.

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    When we encourage them not to speak and learn English, they won’t. When everything is bilingual, then by default they speak their native language. Many years ago, in that golden age all “advocates” love to carry on about, there was no bilingual education. It was English immersion. They may have struggled at first, but they picked it up quickly, as kids do. But we have a cottage industry now that insists bilingual is some priority, but it comes at the expense of actually learning the things they should.

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