New Faces in New Places

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

More and more recent immigrants to the US are choosing to settle in smaller towns and cities across the country, instead of in the traditional gateway cities like New York and Los Angeles. Sociologist Douglas Massey explains more about how the geography of the American immigrant experience is changing. His new book is New Faces in New Places.

Weigh in: Tell us about a town or region that’s had a large influx of immigrants in recent years, and how it’s changed the community.


Douglas Massey

Comments [28]

Rafael Shimunov from NYC

Check out for an equity perspective to this conversation

Apr. 25 2008 03:24 PM
Estaban Figueroa from Bronx

The same accusations and demagoguery was said about Puerto Ricans when they started migrating to the State side, just a few decades ago, Puerto Ricans are Americans by birth, I was their, and remember quite accurately the treatment I received, so to say that this conversation would be different if it was Norwegians is insulting and does not have a grasp on reality when it comes to issues of race! and immigration.

Apr. 22 2008 02:43 PM
bill from nyc

correction: That's 1 million a year, not a day. And thousands every day.

Apr. 22 2008 02:08 PM
bill from nyc

Race is not necessarily the question here. If 1million illegal Norweigans were entering the country everyday, Id feel the same! It may feel like racism to you, but that is only among a small portion of those who oppose illegal immigration. If thousands of illegal Americans were moving into Mexico would you be called racist for opposing it?

Apr. 22 2008 02:06 PM
Emilia Gutierez from Washington Heights

A lot of the anxiety that arises from the Latino immigration seems to stem disproportionately from phinotpye, an unfortunate legacy from the social engineering of of U.S. history, Latino's bring a new perspective to this conversation that will create a new future not based on race. We have already done so in most of Latin America!

Apr. 22 2008 01:21 PM
George from nyc

It doesent sound like rage. Maybe there is no repect at all for law and goernment in Mexico, but here we have many people who patiently follow laws. A good friend of mine took years to become a Canadien citizen. She even had to return to Japan while it was processed. Now she can hold her head high an bring up her children a a legitimate citzen free of problems.

Apr. 22 2008 01:15 PM
Bill from nyc

It is an uncomfortable position to be in...when you see the faces of people who are more native to this land than my European forbearers. but I also have pride in the America that has been built here and there is a real problem if no controls are put on all this trans migration.

Apr. 22 2008 01:09 PM
Julio Contravese from Washington Heights

So much anger about Latino immigration in here, white rage is alive and well!!

Apr. 22 2008 01:08 PM
J.T. from NYC

Yes Bill. It kills me when Meso Americans complain about their "land" being stolen while at the same time claiming lands that their ancesters didn't even inhabit. The land that became the US south west have long standing Native nations that have been there for thousands of years. If anyone has a claim to the land; it's them. Furthormore, it's a historically known fact that the Meso and North American Native people didn't get along; so the attempts to make "pan-Native" claims on the land north of the border are faulty as well.

Apr. 22 2008 01:00 PM
Raul Camilo from Bronx

The old model of the nation state is less relevant today that at any point since of the modern state was enacted, the U.S.A understands this, which is why they intervene all the time in the affairs of the western hemisphere nations!

Apr. 22 2008 12:57 PM
Bill from nyc

Yes, the original decendents of this land have lost too much to the incoming Europeans. It is a vast tragedy. But the northern tribes belong here, such as Seneca or Iraquois. Those from Central America belong there. As far as Im concerned, you can have Texas and N Mexico back. Us legal citizens have a right to decide how many immigrants are allowed each year.

Apr. 22 2008 12:50 PM
Yolanda Castro from Greenpoint,Brooklyn

It is time that the people who in large part dependents of the original people of the hemisphere reintegrate them selves back to the north and bring balance once again.

Apr. 22 2008 12:40 PM
Bill from nyc

Im working class. It is not about supremacy nor is it race. We have a right to decide how many immigrants are allowed in a given year, dont we?

Apr. 22 2008 12:38 PM
Felix from brooklyn

Your speakers is worng! Cubans have not been traditionally republicans but apolitical democrats. Cuban inmigrants always vote for whoever is in power. The cubanamerican foundation is powerful and nasty republican lobby but they represent the rich first emigrants who lost everything to castro, not the new comers since the 80's.

Apr. 22 2008 12:36 PM
Bill from nyc

Well, Im not surprized. When I was in Paris I had to look hard for regular French neighborhoods. I didn't go there to experience Arab culture! All this migration is destroying cultural heritage.

Apr. 22 2008 12:34 PM
Edgardo Ramon from Jackson Heights, NY

The primary friction that arrives from these new immigrants comes from the fact that for the first time in U.S history this wave of immigration is not only a racial challenge but also a cultural one to the Anglo supremacy in this country.

Apr. 22 2008 12:31 PM
mark from huntsville AL

In the south one sees migrant workers not only working the farms, but also highly skilled trades such as masons. I know that many people would kill for jobs such as these. I know that our current global situation impacts immigration to a great degree, but we must not overlook the greed of some people to exploit immigrants at the cost of of legal or naturalized American citizens.

Apr. 22 2008 12:30 PM
Tony Bruguier from San Jose, CA

France has similar laws regarding citizenship by birth.

Apr. 22 2008 12:30 PM
Bill from nyc

I am a liberal who has a big problem with the large numbers of illegal immigrants arriving and populating our country. If I could go to a nice country like France and have a child there Presto! instant citizenship for that child! I might do it. This should be changed -- it is a leftover law from the end of slavery. No more instant citizenship

Apr. 22 2008 12:26 PM
norman from NYC

Question for your guest:

If we have to compete with the rest of the world, shouldn't we have the free education, public housing, and welfare safety net that my competitors in the developed world, particularly in Europe?

The Canadian workers, with those benefits, are doing a lot better under NAFTA than we are.

Apr. 22 2008 12:26 PM
tony from bovina

America doesn't have to fix its dismal education system because it can count on an overwhelming supply of educated workers from other countries

Apr. 22 2008 12:23 PM
fred obermueller from Princeton

As an IT professional in the field for +20 years and having worked with Indian software developers at BellLabs and AT&T your guest is WRONG about the effect they have on IT salaries. I know that the IT programmers from India were brought in at 60% of the US citizen and were virtually in enslaved to their sponsors with the threat of losing their work visas and deported.


Apr. 22 2008 12:23 PM
Jose Cruz from Bronx

The reason people come to his country is the simple aspect of capitalism supply and demand! And most people in the Western hemisphere are Latino that is just fact!

Apr. 22 2008 12:21 PM
Felix from brooklyn

Hi, i thought the largest groups of inmigrants in the united states are from central america, guatemalans, ecuadorians, nicaraguans, etc, 80's wars affected countries not neccesary mexicans. They tell authorities they are mexicans so they get deported to the nearest south american country so they can quickly re-enter the us.

Apr. 22 2008 12:21 PM
joe from nyc

Is this how immigration happens historically: the host country (US) has not control, does not enforce laws, it is just an unstoppable wave?

Apr. 22 2008 12:19 PM
Jason from Brooklyn

In the Lowville, NY area, the influx of immigrants has enriched the community with new restaurants being one positive aspect.

Apr. 22 2008 12:12 PM
Carlos Rivera from Bronx

The salient issue of tis topic is not why are Mexicans and other Latino groups are bypassing the traditional gateway cities but how uncomfortable and the friction this causes with majority Caucasian areas of the country. This why this even a topic at all!

Apr. 22 2008 12:12 PM
World's Toughest Milkman from the_C_train

Are we talking ILLEGAL immigration or LEGAL immigration here?

Apr. 22 2008 12:11 PM

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