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One thing to be said for this piece: It's preferable to the late Samuel P. Huntington's 2004 book "Who Are We: The Challenges to America's National Identity" (which, in my opinion, had more in common with a venomous epithet yelled out of a car window than with any serious attempt at either scholarship or constructive dialogue). This article is friendly and favorable to Latinos and includes some important data. It does have one tradition in common with both Huntington and the old nativists, in that it depicts the behavior and the progress of the immigrants as being the variable that needs to be measured, rather than addressing any issues of prejudice and discrimination (which would mean assessing how well or badly the native-born, non-Latino Americans are behaving). But it depicts Latinos as good pupils of Americanization, which, as far as it goes, is at least somewhat better than Huntington's book that called them bad pupils. Ben Alexander City University of New York --30-- --