Column: Integration, not assimilation, goal for today’s immigrants




As a retired professor, I get great satisfaction when I hear good news about one of my former students, whether it be a promotion, new job, marriage or having a child.

The other day, I received a Facebook message from a former student who attended law school at Indiana University and is currently practicing law in Indianapolis. Here is what she wrote:

“I will be speaking at an immigration and naturalization ceremony later this summer. In going over ideas for the speech, I am reminded of a letter you wrote after your naturalization. I remember you talking about taking issue with the phrase ‘great American melting pot’ and preferring a comparison to a salad where the Constitution, like dressing, covers everyone equally. May I reference that description?” Beth (Bailey) Cox.

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