These cities of western Kansas, Dodge City and Garden City, are both now majority-Latino. People from Mexico are the biggest single immigrant group, and they are here mainly for work in the area’s big meat-packing plants. Others are from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Cuba, and more recently Somalia and Sudan, among other countries. You might think of Kansas as stereotypical whitebread America. It’s pure America, all right — but American in the truest sense, comprising people who have come from various corners of the world to improve their fortunes.I don't like his title, "real Americans" are everywhere, but it's a worthwhile piece. I wonder how much immigration has affected rural UK?
Saturday, June 25, 2016
No Toto, No Dorothy, But Fallows Is in Kansas
James Fallows has a piece on immigration in rural areas, which ties into a two-part blog series by the Center for Rural America. An excerpt from Fallows: