02/12/2013 10:49 am ET

A Bright Future To New Generation Of Hispanics In The United States

A little more than one-third of the adult children of immigrants in this country are Hispanics, and it turns out that like previous generations of immigrants, they are generally doing well. That’s good news, and further evidence that the descendants of millions of undocumented immigrants, currently in the cross hairs of the national debate over immigration reform, will assimilate and become productive citizens.

A new study by the Pew Research Center, examining census data for millions of second-generation immigrants, throws cold water on suggestions that Hispanics are somehow different from past immigrant communities — a permanent underclass in the making, wedded to government handouts.

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