Introduction by: Edward Koch, Partner, Bryan Cave
Throughout America’s history, immigrants have flocked to our shores—not only forming thriving communities and making profound contributions to the country, but also realizing, en masse, the American Dream.Working to build better lives for themselves and their families, immigrants have nearly always achieved success and prosperity. Why, then, do today’s Hispanic immigrants struggle to succeed?
In One Nation, One Standard, Mr. Badillo examines the culture of the Hispanic immigrant community and its expectation that big government will solve all of its problems. Reflecting on his own rise from poverty to become the nation’s first Puerto Rican born congressman, Mr. Badillo challenges the received wisdom of liberal social policy and asks his community to embrace self-reliance and assimilation. His book is a wake-up call for not only Hispanics, but all Americans, to return to the traditional values of hard work, thrift, educational accomplishment, and integrity as the real path to prosperity.