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Drawing from 20 months of ethnography and 42 interviews with Latino families enrolled in a Spanish/English dual immersion program in greater Los Angeles, I examine how U.S. born Latinos “do” Latinidad. While classic assimilation theory predicts each generation will become increasingly like the “mainstream,” I find that one way U.S. born Latinos practice their ethnicity is by engaging in what I term active association-- a purposeful effort to be in proximity to and interact regularly with Latino immigrants that are primarily Spanish speaking and working class. This active association can be seen in their motives for pursuing Spanish/English bilingualism, their decision to enroll children in a dual immersion program and their attempts to align themselves with Latino immigrants on campus. As a concept, active association demonstrates how U.S. born Latinos benefit linguistically and culturally from connections to immigrant Latinos and showcases how active association allows Latinos to practice their ethnicity and invest in this identity for themselves and their children despite the risk of stigma.