Saturday, May 17, 2003, 13:15 GMT
many immigrant groups who come over in large numbers tend to isolate themselves into their own communities--they may work with gringos, they may go to gringo-owned businesses and vice versa, but they live and socialize with their own people. so nobody meets the other half-way: many immigrant groups don't always make an effort to assimilate right away, and many americans don't make an effort to draw them in and include them. of course that's a generalization, there are many good interactions and organizations designed to bring immigrants into the fold, and the longer a family is here the more socialized they become. but mexicans especially live here in such large numbers that they're perfectly capable of never having to truly interact with an american.