April 8, 2013
by John Fonte , Hudson Institute
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Quantitative analysis of Harris Interactive Survey reveals that the patriotic assimilation of immigrants to American identity is weak and ambivalent.
WASHINGTON — As Congress debates immigration reform legislation many argue that "our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed." In a new quantitative analysis of Harris Interactive survey data, Hudson Senior Fellow John Fonte and consultant Althea Nagai suggest that our patriotic assimilation system is also broken and needs to be fixed.
The authors have found that a large "patriotic gap" exists between native-born citizens and immigrant citizenson issues of patriotic attachment and civic knowledge. Despite what some may believe, native-born citizens have a much higher degree of patriotic attachment to the United States than naturalized citizens.
Below are some additional findings:
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John Fonte is a Senior Fellow and Director of Hudson's Center for American Common Culture.
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