A Letter From the Publisher: Jul. 8, 1985

! Since the turn of the decade, TIME has closely followed the newest wave of immigrants to America and the ways in which they are changing our nation. A 1981 cover story described the pervasive Hispanic influence in South Florida, and another in 1983 dealt with the new mix of ethnic groups in Los Angeles. The subject, however, encompasses areas as diverse as education, culture, food, business, religion, indeed every aspect of our lives. The more TIME's editors examined immigration today, the more they concluded that it represented a change of historic dimensions. For this reason, they have chosen to devote...

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