Essay on Response Of The Hispanic Challenge

832 Words Jul 7th, 2015 4 Pages
Response to The Hispanic Challenge It is undeniable that immigration is a concept that has greatly influenced the United States as a whole. From the English settlers arriving on Jamestown to the Italians, Polish, and Irish that arrived on Ellis Island, it can be said that the United States has constantly experienced major influxes of immigrants throughout its history. Since the 1900’s, the United States has been experiencing an even larger influx of immigrants, this time though, they’re coming from Latin America. Such wave of immigration has seeded innumerous debates that question whether the border with Mexico should be more secured, deportation, and nativism. However, one of the most controversial arguments arising from such debates is the clashing of cultures. The most influential scholar who analyzed such hypothesis is Samuel P. Huntington. Huntington claims in The Hispanic Challenge that “The persistent inflow of Hispanic immigrants threatens to divide the United States into two peoples, two, cultures, and two languages.” To support his argument, Huntington took into account three notions; immigration, language, and acculturation that deeply surround Hispanics in the United States. Although Huntington employs critical notions that allowed him to analyze the issues and develop his hypothesis, there are several other social scientists whose works challenge those of Huntington. First, it should be acknowledged that Huntington based his hypothesis in part by…

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