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Assimilation among Dominican, Central, and South American immigrants in the United States

This study tests Portes and Zhou's (1993) three-level model of assimilation. The model posits that immigrant assimilation is based on the privileges the immigrant group brings to the United States; particularly, resources such as education and language attainment that facilitate inclusion. This work examines this process among Dominican, Central, and South American immigrants. The study posits language assimilation, as a proxy for classic assimilation. Results suggest that Dominican, Central, and South American immigrants significantly differ from other Latinos with respect to political orientation and racial identity. As Dominican, Central, and South Americans adopt the language of the United States, the more likely they are to affiliate with the Republican Party and to identify racially as White. KEYWORDS: Dominicans, Central Americans, South Americans, Assimilation, Language, Ideology, Republican Party, White Race ·

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