Yet the Center for Immigration Studies’ David Seminara uses soccer to question immigrants’ assimilation, asking on his blog, “If soccer is the world’s sport, and America is the world’s leading beacon for immigrants around the globe, why aren’t immigrants making a bigger impact playing soccer for the Stars and Stripes? … Perhaps the issue here is one of assimilation, or lack thereof in a post-American society.”
Seminara misses here the clear evidence that immigrants are acculturating to our society. At least 5 of the 11 official U.S team players are sons of immigrants. And part of what keeps immigrants from assimilating is actually the difficult process of becoming U.S citizens, which includes overly restrictive and expensive requirements to obtain a green card.
It is also dubious to claim that soccer is not helping immigrants—and most specifically Latinos—becoming acculturated. Virginia’s Chesterfield County, for instance, has seen a surge in the development of soccer fields thanks to the influence of Hispanic immigrants who cluster around games every Sunday. Nearly 3,000 people visit the county’s Robious Athletic Complex to watch more than 40 teams play.
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