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Translating Immigration Attitudes

- February 10, 2013

[C]oncerns about English have … colored Americans’ reactions to immigrants from the days of Benjamin Franklin, and they remain an important element in the immigration debate today.  These concerns are widely shared among native-born Americans and prove especially influential among Republicans.  So don’t be surprised if proposals related to language, such as expanded English-language instruction, prove central in building legislation that can win support from Republicans and Democrats alike.

That’s from my new post over at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog.