Wednesday, June 14, 2006
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Here, we have every race, practically every language, culture, ethnic group, and religion that exists on this fragile blue-green orb of ours represented. Many of these people work, live, play and go about life’s little chores without so much as a thought, yet in their respective home countries, many of these same groups are at war with each other. In some case, they’ve spent centuries fighting and murdering each other. Such is the strength of America.
To be fair, it should be pointed out that most of these immigrants come from countries were Spanish is the national language. Their governments don’t spend millions of dollars trying to accommodate those who don’t speak the language. You learn it or tough it out. You won’t find many bags of chips or cookies in both English and Spanish either. You won’t find businesses willing to give you an option of English or Spanish by pressing a button on a telephone. So, why do we?
To that I say it’s a waste of precious resources to hire teachers or translators for children to continue their education in a language other than English. To hire facilitators to teach them English so they can participate with everyone else would be a better use of tax dollars. Secondly, only those who parents are here legally should be entitled to a public education. If we, the taxpayers, are paying for their education, we have the right and responsibility to at least insist they’re here legally (and one presumes that with that, their parents are contributing through their tax dollars as well). On the point of jobs, let me say that those who don’t speak the language also run the risk of abuse by employers when it comes to their pay, benefits, hours, etc. Of course, sadly those here illegally have little resource to these abuses.