Oh the grandparents came through the welcome center on Ellis Island? You do know that they did not call ahead don't you? They just arrived one day unannounced.<quoted text>Here's my memo to you: My husband's grandather and grandmother were true immigrants, who did not sneak in, and made a concerted effort to be naturalized in a timely fashion. They never spoke tthe kind of crap your friend does at every chance he gets. I helped some Italian immigrants learn to speak English years ago, so don't come at me with your lame theory. I have spoken to many "immigrants" who entered this country through the freaking front door.
The lack of appreciation for American ideals in later generations are not a new thing. It is a common phenomenon where the first generation to arrive embraces the American ideals and works hard, struggles with assimilation and the language, but is still able to scrape together a life of opportunity for their children. The children take full advantage of this, work hard and prosper far beyond what their parents imagined. The next generation has little appreciation for any of this. As far as they know they are entitled to everything and the American ideals of their parents turns into lashing out at any new comers who they feel are going take a piece of their pie.
I'm glad to hear that you once spoke to immigrants. Until now we only had the stories you tell about stalking brown skinned woman in the supermarket to see what they are buying. That was creepy.