Frank Bean and Ruben Rumbaut

Spanish-speaking immigrants are unlikely to pass along an inclination to choose Spanish over English to their children and grandchildren. Frank Bean and Ruben Rumbaut (both University of California, Irvine) and Douglas Massey (Princeton University) examined data on California for Mexican-born and other immigrant families from Latin America. They found, “The ability to speak Spanish very well can be expected to disappear sometime between the second and third generation for all Latin American groups in Southern California.”

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