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A Two-Way Street: How Immigration Shapes Everyday Life in Silicon Valley

 A photo of a bustling diner in San Jose
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The Migration Policy Institute covers Tomás Jiménez's research on immigration.

There can be little doubt that immigrant newcomers—immigrants and their U.S.-born children—are reshaping life in the United States. Throughout history, these changes have precipitated fears about a lack of integration into U.S. society, the process though which groups become more similar culturally, economically, and politically. Despite these fears, research shows that over time immigrants and their children experience residential integration, occupational advancement, diversification of interpersonal networks, and intermarriage. These indicators point to a clear trend of assimilation from one generation to the next, even if there is variation in the pace of the process across immigrant groups.

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