Donald Trump’s campaign has certainly galvanized feelings of nationalism and patriotism. John Fonte and John O’Sullivan even wrote that Trump’s election victory represent a “return of American nationalism.” It’s no coincidence then that he spoke about immigration as much as he did. There is a common belief that immigrants and their descendants are less patriotic than other Americans. Yet rarely do proponents of this idea bring facts to the table to support their claims.
A prominent academic paper by Jack Citrin and others challenges the idea that Hispanic Americans are less patriotic. On the opposite side, responses from a Harris Interactive Survey purport to show less patriotism among immigrants. Fortunately, the General Social Survey asks many questions about patriotism in 2004 and 2014. The questions generally show that immigrants and Hispanics have patriotic feelings virtually identical to those of other Americans.