From Zócalo:
Most of us think of Los Angeles as Exhibit A of mass migration, especially of immigration from other nations. In reality, though, immigration has slowed greatly over the past decade, and Los Angeles, like much of California, is becoming increasingly native-born...  [Jennifer Lee, UC Irvine Sociologist] Immigrants are a self-select group of people who leave behind the familiar to cross borders in search of better prospects for themselves and their children. They are optimistic—and even more so about the opportunities for their children. This “immigrant optimism” works as a resource for the second generation, who outperform their third-generation coethnic peers. L.A. thrives on immigrant optimism.

For the full story, please visit http://www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2013/03/11/say-goodbye-l-a-to-mass-imm....

 

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