Luck o’ the Irish May Not Come for Immigrants of Color
The Golden Door may not be colorblind. The vast majority of America’s immigrants 100 years ago were largely poor white Europeans from Ireland, Italy and Eastern Europe. Though poor and segregated for several generations, they assimilated economically and socially. But researchers say the next generation of Latino and Black arrivals face higher and more persistent wealth, linguistic and acceptance hurdles. Race remains the biggest barrier to social mobility in the U.S. — meaning it’s still easier for white immigrants to realize their American Dream.