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"Some things are so obvious, they need to be said."

Despite what certain fearmongers would have you believe, there's still plenty of heat under the melting pot:

A new RAND study shows that Hispanic immigrants to the United States and their children move up the economic and educational ladder across generations just as quickly as European immigrants did generations earlier.

"These findings run counter to the prevailing view that there is something in the system that holds Hispanic immigrants back," RAND economist James P. Smith said. "Based upon our experience with history, the children and grandchildren of Hispanic immigrants progress up the educational and income ladder in the same way as immigrants who came here from European countries."

While these generational improvements exist for all Hispanics combined, they also characterize the most numerically important Hispanic group