Study debunks myth that early immigrants quickly learned English

MADISON, WI–Joseph Salmons has always been struck by the pervasiveness of the argument. In his visits across Wisconsin, in many newspaper letters to the editor, and in the national debates raging over modern immigration, he encounters the same refrain: “My great, great grandparents came to America and quickly learned English to survive. Why can’t today’s immigrants do the same? full story

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One Response to Study debunks myth that early immigrants quickly learned English

  1. […] Study rebuts perceptions of migrants’ English use PHOENIX, AZ–Phoenix resident Guadalupe Garcia has lived in the United States for nearly 35 years, but she still doesn’t speak English well. The 65-year-old seamstress from Mexico spoke only Spanish at home to her children and held jobs where she didn’t need much English. full story  related story […]

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