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Can the United States still afford to be a nation of immigrants?

David Kennedy
April 6, 2007
The United States remains divided over immigration — how to manage the increasing number of people who want to come here for work. Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian David Kennedy says for answers, we should begin by looking to the past. In a 2006 speech at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Kennedy argued that while there are many similarities between the current wave of immigrants and the ones that came before it, there are some key differences. Kennedy says those differences could make it less likely that today's immigrants will be easily absorbed into the broader American culture.

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