Wednesday, March 14, 2007

MacDonald: Hispanic Family Values Argument is a Myth

Heather MacDonald: Conservatives who support open borders are fond of invoking 'Hispanic family values' as a benefit of unlimited Hispanic immigration. Marriage is clearly no longer one of those family values. But other kinds of traditional Hispanic values have survived—not all of them necessarily ideal in a modern economy, however. One of them is the importance of having children early and often...The most powerful Hispanic family value—the tight-knit extended family—facilitates unwed child rearing.

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