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December 12, 2007

Yes, I'm tired of anonymous voices on the phone telling me to 'Press 1 (or sometimes 2) for English'

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

Phyllis Schlafly has a memo to Republican Presidential candidates: English language is as valuable an issue for you as driver's licenses for illegal aliens, an issue that forced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and candidate Hillary Clinton to reverse themselves. Go for it, and leave Pelosi and Reid scrambling to deal with the divisions in their own Party: To Assimilate Or Not To Assimilate; That's The Question.

Are you tired of anonymous voices on the phone telling you to "Press 1 (or sometimes 2) for English"? The ability to speak and communicate in English is the litmus test of whether our immigrants are assimilating into the American culture or not.

To become a naturalized American citizen, the law states that the immigrant must demonstrate "the ability to read, write and speak ordinary English." All public opinion polls confirm by majorities approaching 90 percent that this is what the American people want.

Despite the law, the Pew Hispanic Center just reported that only 52 percent of Hispanic naturalized citizens speak English well or pretty well. Pew also reported that 28 percent of Latino immigrants speak only Spanish on the job.

Even those who seek diversity in politics, in religion, in morals, in lifestyles and in nationalities reject diversity when it comes to speaking English. It's the tie that binds; it's the e pluribus unum of our culture; it's the route to success in education, careers, and the chance to live the American dream.

As George W. Bush rounds out his second term as President, pundits will be speculating on what his legacy will be. The Census Bureau just answered that question: his legacy is admitting the staggering number of 10.3 million foreigners into the United States, both legally and illegally, plus many more illegal residents the Census Bureau could not identify.

The jury is still out on whether those 10.3 million will assimilate into the American socio-economic culture or will remain in neighborhoods where they associate only with each other and fail to communicate and compete with citizens of their adopted country.

One would think that sound government policy should encourage assimilation, but unhappily our government, both the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, is retarding assimilation.

I'm a Conservative, yet as each day goes by I find more and more reasons to be angry at GW. As for Clinton, it's beyond disgust.

Posted by Mike in Iraq at December 12, 2007 11:51 AM



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