Making One Out of Many: A Discussion on the Patriotic Assimilation of Immigrants
Recorded on March 16, 2006
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
Throughout American history, immigrants have come to the United
States seeking a better way of life. In doing so, they have
strengthened our nation. The heart of America's immigration story
has always been naturalization, the process by which immigrants
become citizens, and patriotic assimilation, which completes that
process by transforming immigrants into committed and loyal
Americans who accept the obligations as well as the rights and the
responsibilities of citizenship. How does this happen? How can we
strengthen naturalization and encourage patriotic assimilation?
What role does a renewed assimilation policy play in immigration
Previously, Dr. Gonzalez has served as Director for Western
Hemisphere Affairs at the National Security Council. Having
completed a distinguished career in the U.S. Army that spanned
twenty-six years, and serving as a military attaché to U.S.
Embassies in El Salvador and Mexico, Dr. Gonzalez taught at the
United States Military Academy at West Point and headed the Office
of Special Assistants for the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S.
Southern Command. A graduate of the University of South Florida
with a B.A. in International Studies, Dr. Gonzalez also earned
master's degrees in Latin American Studies from Tulane University
and in Strategic Studies and National Security Affairs from the
U.S. Naval War College. He earned his Ph.D. degree in International
Relations from the Graduate School of International Studies,
University of Miami.