Head of U.S. Office of Citizenship concerned about assimilation
Austin American Statesman
February 8, 2008

Alfonso Aguilar, head of the U.S. Office of Citizenship, said this week he is concerned about social and political cohesion in the future as the country becomes more diverse and does not have one dominant racial or ethnic category.

?We need to strengthen assimilation efforts, we need to look at citizenship from that perspective, because if not, I believe that 20 or 30 years down the road we may have serious challenges,? he said. ?We may have social tension. We may have groups that do not feel part of the larger community.?

Aguilar made the comments at a forum at the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan think tank in Washington.

Aguilar said that the United States is seeking more ways to promote citizenship.

He said the government might consider copying a program in Great Britain that pairs recent immigrants with citizens in a mentoring program. This could be a part of the Americorps volunteer program, he added.

Great Britain?s mentoring program is currently aimed at refugees, but officials are considering expanding it to all recent immigrants in a widespread effort to promote citizenship.

The volunteers teach the immigrants ?things you can?t read in a book? such as how to apply for job, when to put the garbage out, and how to engage with your neighbors, said Lord Peter Goldsmith, a former British attorney general who is leading a task force on the issue.

The assimilation of immigrants has become a hot political topic in Europe where concerns about Muslim newcomers living in separate enclaves are leading to a wave of new, more strict immigration laws.

In Germany, immigrants must pass a 600-hour language course and another 30 hours on the country?s legal system, culture and history.

The ?integration courses? are designed to help foreigners adapt to German culture and understand Democratic principles of equal rights, tolerance and religious freedom.

Some believe the United States should do the same.

6 Responses to “Head Of U.S. Office Of Citizenship Concerned About Assimilation”
  1. BEADALONG says:

    How about we immediately stop catering to other languages and maintain our own language of English? If the newcomers can’t handle that and don’t know the language, they shouldn’t be allowed to come in.

    Or if they are allowed to come in, I say, bill them for teaching them our language which they should have tried to learn in the first place if they chose to come here.

    I would have say that if I’m moving to another country, I definitely feel obligated to learn the language of that country I’m moving to or at least try and also gain an understanding of that particular culture. It’s only right.

  2. midwest minuteman says:

    ?We need to strengthen assimilation efforts, we need to look at citizenship from that perspective, because if not, I believe that 20 or 30 years down the road we may have serious challenges,? he said. ?We may have social tension. We may have groups that do not feel part of the larger community.?

    Is this Alfonso Aguilar, head of the U.S. Office of Citizenship on crack????

    What does he think is NOT HAPPENING NOW????

  3. Eddie B. says:

    “He said the government might consider copying a program in Great Britain…”

    Oh yeah… those are workking great! Sharia law and 4,000,000 surveillance cameras.

    LONG LIVE THE QUEEN. AND KING BUSH. AND DUKE CHENEY. NOT.

  4. zeezil says:

    This is nuts! I support the Tancredo method. Suspend legal immigration until we assimilate the legal immigrants here now and boot the illegals out. Then, determine our needs and institute a rational policy. With our current birth rates and LEGAL immigration numbers, we are doubling the U.S. population every 3 generations (what to expect next: from the current 3oo million to an expected 600 million by 2050). Illegal immigration must be stopped cold. We should be bringing in 200,000 - 300,000 LEGAL immigrants a year, not the over 1 million we are currently processing. Let?s get a handle on this folks!

  5. litew8 says:

    RE:#2 - Yea, I think he is on crack.
    RE:#3 - No kidding Eddie B. See RE:#2
    RE:#4 - ABSOLUTELY zeezil. Tancredo is a SMART MAN.

  6. melody says:

    I agree. Stop processing legal immigrants until the ones we have are assimulated. Send the illegals back home.

    If illegals can live 20 to a house in the U.S., I’m sure there is somebody in their home country they can live with. Don’t they like to talk about how people in their villages like to share, well let them do some sharing.

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