Our forefathers crossed the ocean from many different countries and to learn English was a requirement to become a citizen. Now, we the citizens have to learn Mexican (Not Spanish due to it being a slang version from Spain). I support culture and the communities such as East LA and China Town. You go in the area, you know what to expect or you would not go there. Anyways, despite the official language of this our country, one should not expect to see foreign language commercials on English speaking channels. If the immigrants do not understand us, why would they watch our programming? Why are they not tested like our forefathers and just handed a green card cause they will work cheaper. Even here in Texas and states like Arizona, they are the only race granted $300 cash advantage on Food stamps. Which they can do as they like e.G. Take back to support Mexico's economy or save up and spend thousands saved at Walmart to buy gifts not covered by food stamps. Why aren't the Asians, African Americans or the Whites allowed such a privileged? We are catering too much to one majority (as recent polls show they "Mexicans" outnumber the rest of the population. It is a political thing that allows them not to learn or comprehend the AMERICAN NATIONAL LANGUAGE! It puts hard working Americans out of jobs, but in doing so... Those in office will get the votes for being a Mexican Sympathizer. No it is not fair for us to learn a language of those invading and eventually taking over the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. A corporate entity in itself! Make them learn as our forefathers did. They had to disavow all alliance to the principalities and ruler ship of the countries which they hailed from. Ultimately, to speak our language, not the country they ran from for a better life. Society is changing and not for the better. Let them live here if they are honest and hard working, but speak the language.
I am an American that does not plan on leaving my country. I just so happened to stumble upon this site like I'm guessing many of you did. And it does not bother me to the extent that I get angry or trash talk immigrants because of the fact that many of them do not learn English. However, I am not saying that it does not frustrate me that this topic is even remotely being questioned. There is no excuse for someone who can not learn the language of the country they are travelling to. I would expect the same as a tourist. I would not visit a country if I did not know the essentials to survive. I believe that this point should be addressed more profoundly. If it is not, then I also feel that if someone is willing to leave a country to go to one they are not familiar with that they should not depend on others to help them survive. Their is a fine line between nurturing and self-pity. One should not be willing to risk their lives while not being prepared and not expect the consequences.
They should learn English. They're coming into our land. It angers me when I see a "Now Hiring" poster, come to find out they're looking to hire someone who's bilingual. It's happening more and more. If something isn't done, we, the people already speaking English, are going to be the ones having to learn their language.
If an immigrant moves to another country, then it is their responsibility to learn the language of that country. So, if someone chooses to immigrate here, they should learn English. It is their choice to move here, so they should be required to do whatever it takes to fit in and be an American.
It has come to the point in the US in the southwest in particular, that if you don't speak a foreign language "mainly Spanish", you are much less likely to get hired in many job's these day's. I find this absolutely ridicules that in my own country of birth that I will be looked over for a potential job offer solely on the ground that I do not speak a language that is not the national language that I grew up on.
Plain and simple. I moved from Russia at a young age, both my parents learned the language prior to coming here. Why? Because we agreed that this country was better and we at least owe the courtesy to learn the language.
If you don't (or better yet try and pick up some of the culture), you're making everyone learn your ways and your language which is not fair.
Society cannot function if people cannot communicate on the same level or language. I am active-duty Army stationed in Germany And just buying a loaf of bread can be challenging when they do not speak English! Each time the sentence for me it creates a serious level of frustration I often wonder why the person doesn't speak English then I realize I should speak German as I am in Germany and the same goes for Foreigners in United States We speak English there
If you are going to their country I'm pretty sure you won't survive by speaking your native language; you would have to adapt and learn theirs, so why can they not do the same to the country they are immigrating to. It should be mandatory for both sides to learn.
Immigrants are the lowest of the low and they should be forced to learn English and also stop talking their own language thinking they are part of something. I hear loads of then saying things like "you want do it" or "how you do that" and it drives me crazy! Americans are also getting a habit from talking to them.
The government cannot do everything; we must do our part! English is the national language, we are NOT eliminating Hispanic culture. We should be able to speak the same to understand each other. English cannot end a dead language like Latin. We are one and we should always be one.
It simply makes perfect sense. If anyone doesn't agree, they are just insane or stupid. 3/4 of my grandparents, both of my parents, myself and my siblings are real American citizens. I am 1/4 Filipino and mostly German but do look "ethnic" and my last name happens to be Spanish so people mistake me all of the time for being "Hispanic" and actually tell me they were surprised to learn that I am not a new immigrant or that my parents are ALSO non-Hispanic AMERICANS - Just ranting. Anyway, back on the topic at hand.. Regardless of race or ethnicity... EVERYONE coming to America should know PERFECT ENGLISH PERIOD... END OF. IM tired of hearing some non-English speaking person on the phone or at a restaurant, store etc. We're supposed to understand one another so ONE basic language in this country should be used... Not SIX OF THEM. "Just saying."
The other day I went to a store and there was a husband, wife and two children and they couldn't speak a word of English. It is a shame when the family including the kids cannot speak English. I have a feeling they are here in the U.S.A. illegally. My ancestors came from Italy and spoke broken English but spoke Italian at home. I don't care if immigrants speak their language at home but please speak English in public.
I don't see what is so wrong w/learning the language of the country you "move" to. I know most of the anchor babies learn it. The parents should have the kids teach them instead of having them translate. I have had to deal w/some very small children in all sorts of customer service jobs because mommy and/or daddy refuses to learn English. I can barely find a job anymore in customer service that doesn't want ME to learn Spanish to cater to the people who refuse to learn English. I actually blame the companies and government agencies that cater to these people the most. If they did not cater to them, maybe, just maybe they would take the time to learn. There are free classes where I live.
I do not expect English or myself to be accommodated for if I travel to a non English speaking country. America has become pro everything but American. All of our customer service businesses are farmed out to countries with thick accents that are sometimes impossible to understand. The first requirement of customer service since its a phone speaking position is that you can do that correctly. Americans put up with it because its harder to transfer your business somewhere else.
I work in a place that requires me to explain things in detail to people wanting service. ALMOST ALL do not speak English and it's INSULTING. You wouldn't go to another country and EXPECT them to know your language or have sign ups (granted most of the world speaks English) but it makes life in this country 10x harder. It doesn't make me feel any better when I walk into a store or shop and I'm the only one who speaks English. I just walk out.
Immigrants are so rude for not willing to understand our language or culture. And yet you illegals expect to take our jobs, take our healthcare and we gotta learn Spanish because you ungrateful illegals don't wanna learn English? If it were up to me I'd send all none English speakers back to where they came from.
Immigrants that come into the United States and enjoy the benefits this country has to offer without learning it's language is not only unfair but it is just pitiful. Why immigrate to the U.S. If you are not going to be mature and learn it's language? What are they going to do when they get pulled over? Sit there and stare at the officer trying to figure out what they are explaining? "Me no hablo ingles."
If you're going to move to another country, then you need to learn the language. I don't move to your country and then just assume that someone is going to translate all the time for me. If you're going to visit the country, that's a different story, but if you're going to move here you should learn the language. I think it's rude that they come here to live and expect us to change because they don't want to learn English. I know for sure I will never learn Spanish just because they want me to.
They cannot be in need of help and wait until they find another person that speaks their language, if they need help then they should be able to ask for help. It is not out job to ensure that people of another language can express their feelings. If they want to have a conversation and live a good life in this country, they need to speak to our citizens.
All immigrants pretending to stay and live in America should learn English, or be forced to learn. I'm a recent immigrant living in California 3 years only, but I spend a lot of time and put efforts to learn the language. They have to learn English for many reasons - get a higher paid job, involving to american life, self-education, to respect american values etc.
Nobody should get a citizenship until his English skills at least on intermediate or advanced level, not fluency. There are so many FREE ESL courses in San Francisco, from very beginning level and flexible schedule, there are online courses.
I personally learned English through the classes in City College in SF, a lot of practice and serving in US army for 1 year in active duty, and now Im in reserve
It surprises me to see people who want to make it here and never learn to speak English. Personally I am tired of people asking for translation. It took me 3 months to speak and understand English. I couldn't speak one word of English when I got here. If they want to make it in the US they need to learn the language.
Ok, I'm going to take a different approach to the argument. Why not learn the language simply because....It's not hard. Really, it isn't. I've been busting my butt trying to learn Spanish (yes I know I'm picking on Spanish here, but it's a personal experience). The main thing I've learned so far is that Spanish has a lot of variables. Example: gender. In English, a friend is a friend. Whether your friend is male or female, that person is referred to as your friend. In Spanish, a male friend is your amigo while a female friend is your amiga. It's like that with most words. To all the immigrants out there: that means for every two words there are in Spanish, there's only ONE in English. Therefore, it's essentially half the language Spanish is. Not hard. Learn it please.
To all the people who say America has no official language: isn't it heavily implied by the fact that our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution are written in English? Also, I'm fine with people from throughout the world moving here. After all, our nation is consisted of mutts essentially (unless you are a pure blood Native American). But if you're going to live here please help make society progress. All you're doing is being a burden if you need your child or a friend to translate for you all the time. People who are dependent upon others are burdens (excluding the obvious exceptions like the mentally and physically handicapped). Make yourself an asset in the American workforce by knowing multiple languages. If you just learn English you would be extremely valuable to employers.
I agree with so many of these posts- if you come to US to live then you should be REQUIRED to learn the dominant language within a certain amount of time. I get so many people who have come here from Mexico and get upset at me in the work force for being unable to speak Spanish.
I believe that if you want to be a citizen of the United States you should learn to speak English. There are many class's devoted to helping foreign people who would like to become citizens to learn English. It would be to their advantage to learn English. They would assimilate better into the United States, they would become an asset and have more opportunities in the American workplace.
If you move to China or Germany you are expected to learn their language it should be the same for America. I our language is English and you should be able to speak it, you don't have to be fluent like people born here but you should be able to speak and understand the language. Cause if you go around speak Spanish, Chinese, or French no one will understand you. They should learn it to help us and them.
As a teenage American, many times our voices go unheard in political issues like this, because "we don't know everything" or because "we're just kids." We have our own opinions as well, and as far as this topic goes, I believe it should be required that immigrants be forced to learn English. I'm not saying this to be a racist, I am the farthest thing from that, but isn't it strange how American high school students, whose parents are contributing members of society and are here legally, must learn another language in order to be accepted into most U.S. Colleges, while immigrants are not required to learn English? As many of you must have known, or had, a foreign exchange student go to your child's school. I have a friend who is an exchange student from Norway, and she said that they are taught English in the schools back at home, and a requirement of being an exchange student, is knowing English! Maybe it's because I'm only 15, but to me, that doesn't make sense that other countries make their students learn English, but to become an American, it is not a requirement. I could go on and on about why it should be a requirement, but in my mind, immigrants should be required to learn English. If they want to speak other languages to their families and other people of the same ethnicity, let them, but make sure they know fluent English as well.
My father came from another country - a Spanish speaking country. My mother's father came from an Arabic speaking country. My father learned English and continues to speak it when he feels like doing so whether necessary or not. My grandfather learned and spoke English. My father has a bit of an accent and this is a great way of showing he was not "stripped away of his culture". I am not saying people need to stop speaking their language and only speak English - what kind of a free country would we be if that was the case? Exactly. I simply believe that if you plan to come to the U.S. where the official language is English and start a life here, you better learn the language. Keep your own value and cultures alive but respect the culture of the new land you decide to reside in and learn the language. When I went to Paris a few years back, I learned French as best I could before going and even more when I got there because I knew I would be there for about a year. I do not agree with making America a one language nation because that would destroy what America is. I do feel that people that come to live here - regardless of where they are coming from, need to learn English - the OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF AMERICA. Parents that depend on their children to translate for themselves should be ashamed of themselves. As a parent you need to do everything you can to better yourself and your children. There is no excuse not to learn English! My best friend's mother comes from a Spanish speaking country and came here to the states without knowing any English. She worked three jobs and raised her 4 children on her own. A year after being in the states, she was speaking, writing, and reading English. She learned because she made the decision to do so. She took advantage of the free English classes when she could, she watched English channels, and listened to those around her that spoke English. This is why I say there is no excuse. My father, my grandfather, and my best friend's mother are all immigrants that spoke another language prior to coming to the states, agree that immigrants should at least by their own will learn the official language of America - which at this point is English. I am not saying sound like me when I speak English - have no accent and make no errors, but learn the language of the land.
Immigrants should learn and speak English, especially in public. I am sick of people not speaking English in public. If you can't speak the language don't live in the United States. I don't how some companies get away with hiring people that don't speak a word of English. I've seen some people go to pay for something and don't know what the cashier is saying.
English is the national language here in the United States. It's very disrespectful to the people who have been living here for hundreds of years, to come here and not speak our language. My ancestors came here and refused to speak their language, to blend in out of respect. I don't want to have to speak Spanish. If I did I might move somewhere where they speak Spanish. I wouldn't move to Spain and think I could just continue living there without knowing Spanish. It would be almost an activist statement against the said country if I did.
English is the language of the majority and if you aspire to get a high paying job or education or simply take active part in this society you need to be fluent in that language. I never understood how some people move to the United States and expect to do well without making an effort to learn and understand English. It's absurd!
If someone is so sorrowed of their homeland that they need to move to a new country, then learn the ways of that new country, or move back to your old country if you miss it that bad. One should not try to turn USA into a country they left behind. Be proud to be here by learning it's ways & it's freedoms. Our customs might be different than those of your old country,are you willing to leave your old customs behind? If you miss them, go back.Please don't try and turn our country into your old one.
As a Mexican immigrant who grew up here in the states, I can say that learning English should be required. If our adoptive country allows us in it why should we not learn the language? I speak Spanish at home but English outside, I didn't lose my culture but yet can still function as any other American. True, being bilingual is much better but why should Americans cater to non-English speaking folks, spending more money into services like translators and printing everything multi-lingually? I bet you all anything that if Guatemalan natives immigrated to Mexico in similar numbers and demanded that they be offered things in their native language, Mexicans would be up in arms! That is the truth and those who disagree are hypocrites.
No one is telling the immigrants to forget their native language, their culture or who they are. But if your country was so great, why are you here? Is it not for a better/greater opportunity than you had in your homeland? It's only logical to conclude that knowing English works in your favor.
Yes, I absolutely believe that if you want to live the US or Canada that you should be required to learn English. Not only is it common sense to know how to communicate in the country you live in, but you should be required to assimilate. Besides, notwithstanding some of its unintuitive words, English should be a relatively simple language to learn, so there's really no downsides.
They should learn to communicate with the other people around them. After all, they could be capable of getting a higher paid job because they'd be bilingual. They should learn and try their hardest to speak our language. I mean, they are in America. IF we were to go to their country they'd expect us to speak their language or they would see nothing but dishonor in us. Therefor, they should learn to speak English because they'd treat us like shit if we didn't speak theirs.
During this tough economy when applying for work, there are now so many positions that require Spanish speaking. I think this is taking positions away from Americans who speak English, and could perform the job, but cannot apply, because they do not speak Spanish. I think this is unfair and we should not have lose employment opportunities, because we only speak English.
I would love to move to lots of different countries, but without learning the languages of the countries it would be fruitless. It is only good manners to speak the language of your host country, and not doing so will not only make life difficult for yourself, but will make it difficult for other around you. If you cannot speak the language, you cannot contribute to society well, if at all compared to people who can speak the language.
If I go to China, Japan, Russia, Italy, etc. I do not expect them to speak English to accommodate me. I would learn enough of that language to get by or hire an interpreter. So why do Americans have to speak Spanish to accommodate the huge influx of Spanish speaking immigrants? Learn the language of the country you intend to live in!
As it stands, everyone needs to be able to a) understand each other b) understand the laws of the land and c) be educated.
Currently, we have a free education system that is taught in English, the official language of the country. English is the official language, because the English won the war(s) when they conquered the N.Americans. Everyone who came from Wales, Germany, the Ukraine, Russia, etc. However many years ago was required to learn the language (and in doing so, did lose some of their culture), so that everyone could communicate with each other.
As it stands, if someone cannot speak English, it is a) insulting that they've decided to come to this country without learning the language and b) imbecilic, as they will not always be able to get what they want across to people. Some people argue that they can use their kids as translators - kids don't know everything, and they are NOT your slaves, you need to make the effort to learn the language for yourself.
Furthermore, when it comes to the law, and getting into trouble with it, immigrants NEED to understand the laws of the land (as well as the customs, such as no sexism, no racism, and no castes), and they need to be able to assimilate into the culture.. Which they cannot do if they don't speak the language. As it stands, there are huge amounts of immigrants who think it's okay to move here, live in a tiny neighbourhood of people who came from their homeland, try to enact illegal, sexist, racist laws for that neighbourhood, and who refuse to even take part in the basic social activities of real citizens (aka, going to the national parades, voting, supporting the system, etc.).
Learn the language, become a part of the country, or get out.
I have been unemployed for over 2yrs..And not from lack of seeking employment.....However, with 26yrs experience in my field, I cannot seem to secure an interview let alone a job because of the bilingual/Spanish requirement most employers seek. Bottom line, if I relocated to a different country, I would have to learn their language if I want to sustain.
I am an American currently working and living in the UK with my foreign-born partner whose first language is not English. He already speaks English at an intermediate level; however, he still has the burden of proving that fluency by taking a "Life in the UK" test in English in order to be eligible for a permanent residents status. New laws in the UK determine that anyone wanting permanent resident status in the UK must have a standard level of English. Other countries in Europe have similar laws. Why is America even thinking of being 'polite' or 'politically correct' around this issue? English is the official language of America. To be a productive and contributing part of any country, learning the official language to a certain standard is necessary.
I am an American born abroad, and even with a large English speaking population like a military base, the German people expected my parents to know/try German at almost ALL encounters with locals even if the local could speak English. It had little to do with being rude or them being egotistical, they just felt that people in their country should at least try to assimilate, not the other way around. This is not to say they were mean or rude to my family. They just wanted my parents to try to learn the language but if my parents struggled and the person knew English they would just start speaking in English.
Sure, people should be free to choose what language they want to speak. If they want to work for me, however, they'll have to understand my instructions in English. I've tried for years to communicate to no-English employees in my admittedly nascent Spanish--which I try to speak anytime I go to Mexico or a Spanish speaker wants help understanding something in a store. But I'm tired of paying to have my stuff thrown out and not be able to negotiate wages. For full price, I can get someone who speaks English. So why would I pay full-price for someone who can't understand my requests and suggestions? I wouldn't hire someone who won't accept fair feedback, suggestions, and requests for other reasons. I've cut all the slack I'm going to.
Immigrants should learn English at least the basics so they know enough to understand and communicate with others. No we don't have to change our first language to English it is just a tool we need in life to get farther as the hard working people that come to this country . People are seen as a minority when less is known . Learn a little English the basics show the ignorant people as immigrants we learn and go farther in life.
Communication is key to understanding. If we can all effectively communicate with one another then we will be able to solve problems quicker and easier. The language barrier is just that, a barrier. If we can overcome that, then we could move on to other problems in this country far more effectively.
I have recently started tutoring Korean , Chinese , and Indian people new to America English conversation skills. They tell me their companies dont care if they speak English because they mostly work on computers. When they travel they have problems with car rental agencies, hotels, supermarkets etc. But the real problem lies with the American workers who cant understand them. Very time consumming, stressful and very little gets done correctly. YES THEY MUST LEARN our language in a year or be sent back.
I know multi-decade immigrants who have no intention of learning proper English. They don't want to learn English, and they don't have to as they are ghettoizing themselves to be with people from the same origin at 100% of the time. Where they live, and also where they work. There are single-nationality companies and single-nationality departments within larger companies, where that single nationality is not American. Not only Mexicans do this, but people from Asian countries as well.
People should pass a basic English test for a Green Card, and a fluent English test for citizenship.
If an immigrant won't try becoming a part of the society, they shouldn't be allowed in the country. To me it just shows they don't have respect for the country, and are lazy. Even though this country is very diverse with languages and cultures, at least everyone can still communicate and understand each other with English. They won't be able to communicate with the majority of the population, and they won't be able to get a good job. If it's too hard to learn the language, or they just don't want to, they should stay in their own country, or go to another one that speaks the same language. It's different if an immigrant is still learning, because at least they're trying! A country shouldn't change for new immigrants, immigrants should try their best to fit in to their new country. Isn't that the point of moving?
If you don't know English, you won't be able to communicate with anyone or do anything. You can't get a good job. You don't know what to do in emergencies. You can't understand your neighbors. You can't read signs in stores. Those people who say "it's not fair" and English is "too hard," IMMIGRATING to another COUNTRY is hard. If you come to the US, you have to speak English. It's not a matter of "infringing on their right to freedom," it's about being able to FUNCTION in society.
If immigrants choose to come to our country, they should learn English. We, as Americans, should not have to learn the language of the immigrants. The U.S. is an English speaking nation and should continue to be. I cannot grasp the concept to why we have to learn the language of someone who isn't even legally able to live in this country.
My family immigrated to the U.S. from both Italy and Germany in the 1900s and had to learn to speak English and didn't have signs or products printed in German or Italian, yet now people seem to believe that we need to learn to speak Spanish and print everything in Spanish just because the immigrants from Mexico are too lazy to learn English even though they move to our country which is an ENGLISH speaking country. I think that this is unfair to the rest of the immigrants coming into the country that need to learn to speak English to survive because nothing is printed in those languages. Therefore, until everything is written in every language, I think everyone needs to learn English.
English is the most used language in the world. It is more efficient for everyone to use English since the majority of people already use it. Also, since people are in America and English is the language of America, it is, if nothing else, a sign of respect to speak, or try to speak, the main language of the country.
Everyone should know how to read, understand and communicate especially in an emergency. My screaming out a warning doesn't help if you don't understand what I am saying. And the reverse is also true.
Also as I get older I am dismayed at all the important information being left off of products so they can save room for a Spanish version of those same very abbreviated instructions.
Yes they should. I believe they are coming to America and the national language here is English. Therefore they should learn English. I am not saying that they should stop speaking their native language. As an immigrant myself I came to this country and learned to speak English but at home I continue to speak Spanish. If immigrants would learn English that would be beneficial to them because now not only would they know there native language but would also know a SECOND language which is English. Americans only know English not most can say that they know how to fluently speak another language. But if immigrants learn English then they can say that they know two languages. That makes a person worth TWO or DOUBLE. So really forcing immigrants to learn English is beneficial. I don't see why people get offended by this. On the contrary this is an advantage to immigrants.
I am third generation American. My family is of French heritage. When they came to this country, they learned English. No one provided them with materials written in French like the Mexicans receive in Spanish, so they were forced to adapt. I was raised speaking English, although I do have above average skills in the French language. Unless there are French signs everywhere to accommodate those of us of French origin, I will not ever, I repeat EVER accept having signs in Spanish. If you don't want to learn English, Go Home! I have been personally acquainted with people who immigrated from several different countries including Germany, Japan, South Korea and of course, my family's native France. Every single one of them can speak fluent English. Even those who are considered to be first generation. My message to Mexican immigrants is, We learned English, so should you
My Ancestors came from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and they all had to learn English to fit into our culture. It's not called the American Melting Pot because we all have to change to foreigners cultures, It's called that because everyone comes here and they are molded into Americans, who speak English. There is nothing wrong with retaining some parts of your culture, but forcing your foreign language upon the citizens of the Country that you are immigrating to is not right. That would be like me going to Mexico and forcing them to know English-Any good person who wanted to live there(not tourists, they are only visiting) would have to learn the primary language of the Nation.
My grandparents were immigrants and respected the new country they entered by learning the language of the land. If you're making a concious decision to move somewhere, you should be willing to pick up the native tongue. (You don't go on vacation to Italy and get mad at people for speaking Italian and not translating every sign and product for you).
I am an immigrant, I have to learn and practice English all the time in order to adopt the new environment. It's always hard at beginning, but it becomes easier over time. I finished high school and college, work full time now with no problem. I use first language at home, definitely speak English in the public. I don't understand why some immigrants are not willing to learn English and culture, then what's the point to come to America? If you don't want to change, then go back to your original country. It's not fair for other immigrants, nobody should receive the special treatment. USA is one of the English speaking countries, this is a common sense.
My parents came to the US in the 1970s, not knowing a word of English. But they did everything in their power in order to provide the best opportunities for me and my sister. This INCLUDES learning English, not only how to speak it but also how to read and write it! It is UNACCEPTABLE that you move to a country and refuse to learn the language and expect to be a productive and useful member of society! We have enough unemployed, illiterate citizens we do not need to be adding to this burden. If my parents did it so can any other individual who makes the decision to move here. I have no respect for those that refuse to do so, all I see on their part is arrogance, ignorance and laziness. My parents also had little time, working 7 days a week, 14 hour days yet the worked hard and persevered so not having enough time to learn a language is no excuse. Immigrants need to make the effort, after 10+ years of living in a country you have to be brain dead not to pick up on some of the language. Learn the language it is the responsible and right thing to do, you decrease the burden on your children who will otherwise end up having to be your translator and the real adult in the family.
If you immigrate here, you should at least know the language so you don't stand out. You can have an easier life and you will be able to understand more things. Communicating with your children will be much easier too, since they are raised in America. They probably will know more English than their parents.
If I went to Mexico, I would learn Spanish. If I immigrated to Mexico, I would not expect the people of Mexico to start learning English so that they can understand me. I don't understand why people in the United States are now deciding to learn Spanish so that immigrants don't have to learn our language. It's not fair that just because they are coming to our country, that we have to learn Spanish just for them. If they are too lazy to learn English, they should go back to where they came from. It is just common sense. If you are moving to a country that doesn't speak your language, then you learn theirs. You don't just show up, expecting everyone to just revolve around your presence.
If you are going to run away from your problems and get a free ride in the US then please have the decency to learn our language. Those of you that don't think it's fair for them to learn our language in our country, I don't think its fair that I had to take Spanish as a required course in my English speaking country.
Its annoying trying to ring out a foreigner, when they don't know a single English word, let alone know what our numbers are for their total. If I was going to another country I would learn some of their language so I can get around just fine on my own. Don't get mad at us because we cant speak Spanish or whatever, you came to MY country. Therefore, you can learn MY language, which is English. Immigrants that are ignorant enough to not make an effort to learn our language are just ridiculous.
But I do think that if you are choosing to live in America, you are choosing to speak the language. The people of America shouldn't be forced to speak another language. I am primarily an English speaking American. I have been FORCED to learn another language so that I can communicate with the people around me, I have been FORCED to be able to fluently read labels in a dual language or communicate in a dual language just so that I can get products in a country that I was born in, learning English as my first language. I can't get jobs that I desire because I am not fluent in 2 languages.
With high unemployment, there are a lot of competition even for one employment position. If the employer can't communicate with the person, he/she won't care simply because there are a LOT of other people who can speak English and will do anything to get a job. So really, it's for their own benefit. They should stop whining, face reality, and start learning English.
I can't stand it when a Hispanic non-English speaking person looks at me like I'm the jerk when I don't speak Spanish and that because I can't help them it's my fault.
You're in America please learn English. If I moved to Mexico then I would learn at least enough Spanish to get by.
Because they need to respect America's culture and give thanks for what they have here that they didn't have in their countries. But instead, most of them come here to try to turn this beautiful country into something similar to their countries, why not just go back and stop bothering us? If they are not willing to get used to what we do here, they should just leave, otherwise they are more than welcome to learn English and adopt USA's culture...
Everyone should be REQUIRED to learn English, and learn to use it correctly. Spanish, French, and Italian are all wonderful romance languages... But the gender agreement is a pain in the ass. I have spoken to a number of foreign language speakers who speak multiple languages, and they always prefer to use English. I'm not even saying English is great (it's a lazy language), but it is easier. That's why you'll hear Spanish speakers choose Span-English over strait Spanish. I've even heard Farsi speakers choose Fars-English over strait Farsi. SPECIFICALLY SPANISH! - Another VERY, VERY important reason that Spanish-ONLY speakers should learn English, is so WE CAN STOP SPENDING ALL THE MONEY WE DO ON DUPLICATING EVERYTHING IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH. Seriously, has anyone ever truthfully published the amount of money spent on this endeavor? I have worked in mass communications for over a decade and a half, and tell you with expert knowledge, that the additional COST of communicating a Spanish translation along with the original English message IS PASSED ON TO THE CUSTOMER, making products and services more expensive. All of the equivalent bilingual communications by our government either means higher taxes to pay for it, or not having that additional money for other much need programs!
I don't believe that it is right for people to live in a country for several years and not be willing to learn the language that is spoken. It is not fare for those who live and work with people who do not respect the countries they live in and the people.
If you want to be able to communicate and live in any country, you should learn the language it's people speak. It's disrespectful to go to another country and expect them to speak YOUR language. You wouldn't go to France and expect everyone to speak English, would you? If you did that, I doubt anyone would be willing to speak to you, let alone help you
Add a language to your resume and, in many professions, it can improve your chances of getting a job and being paid more for it.
A recent Korn/Ferry poll found that 64 percent of business executives speak two or more languages, which can come in handy when businesses expand overseas. Job applicants who speak two languages can work as teachers, translators or interpreters or they can help a company deal with its overseas operations.
So as you see if an immigrant speaks English then getting a job for them is MUCH easier which will help our economy. Looking at our economy today we need as much help as we can get and accepting immigrants America who CANNOT speak immigrants will ruin our economy by increasing our unemployment rate if they can’t get a job. According to national priorities today as of may 2013 our unemployment rate is 7.6%. If immigrants are constantly coming to America who can’t speak English and because of that can’t get a job we can expect the unemployment percentage if guaranteed to rise.
The demand for bilingual immigrant workers is expected to grow, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, as America's population becomes more diverse. What's more, a recent job forecast found that nearly four in 10 "plan to hire bilingual immigrant candidates" and half said, "If they had two equally qualified candidates, they would be more inclined to hire the bilingual candidate."
So as you can see if the immigrant can speak English and another language in sense making them bilingual they can provide economical benefits to the United States and help our government.
The word "force" is a bit harsh. But like 98% of the people here speak English and if you want to easily communicate with other people, employers, store workers, waiters, etc and pretty much the majority of the people you encounter here, you need to learn English. Honestly, why should we have to learn a new language to adjust to people who come into our home? I mean, if I moved to Mexico, I wouldn't try to get by just knowing English
They should learn English when living the United States.There are too many people that don't speak English. When asking a business owner and someone that works for them a question in their language they should learn our language. If they don't want to take classes there is also the internet to help them speak English in their own time. You may speak another language in your own home but please speak our language when in public. The Pligrims taught us Englsih not something else.
Other countries require the native langauge to be spoken to immigrate. In Washington many parents never speak English when immigrating not only does this lead to problems with us born citizens. The immigrants are often taken advantage of. Car accidents where they don't speak English. You don't have to take a test I'm the native language. The US has become to politically correct for its own good.
If communication is important, then immigrants must learn English. Should they be "forced to?" Well, why should they be forced to? Shouldn't they want to? It's not an excuse that immigrants work too hard to have time to learn English. I have spent SO MUCH TIME among immigrants. They have the time to watch hours of TV in their own language, get together for church or socializing with their own ethnic group, and raise children who have to learn the language from scratch! Why can't you learn English while your children are learning?
I think the strongest argument for requiring English comprehension as a skill gained before American citizenship is granted, is that immigrants will be wielding power and authority over American citizens...Their children. Have you ever gone to a parent-teacher's meeting, in the 3rd grade, and needed to hold your Mom's hand through it? Because she's nervous, because she doesn't understand anything the teacher is saying? That shouldn't be the case.
America is allowing immigrants to screw up generations of children who have to parent their parents because their parents have neglected to overcome the language barrier. School, work, court, the hospital...The parent is never capable of being responsible, authoritative, and in charge. The parent is always the cringing, doesn't-know-what's-going-on, submissive, needs-help patient. Immigrants should have to prove that they want to come to America and be productive citizens, and good parents to their American citizen children. Not get citizenship and be allowed (practically encouraged!) to be burdens to the government and to their own children.
If I told my friends I was going to move to Germany without knowing a lick of German, and planned to have kids there and force my kids to be my translators all my life, and never learn German myself...They would think I was criminally irresponsible. Yet, this is the case for so many immigrants in America.
Not being able to speak English would make it difficult for an immigrant to communicate with others and study pass the Exams given to candidates for citizenship. Furthermore, I consider it an insult to want to live in the United States without taking the pains to study the language. If they are too lazy to bother, why don't they go back to their own country and rot there?
When an American wants to go to Mexico, he learns Spanish. If he wants to go to France, he learns French. If he wants to go to Romania, he learns Romanian. When someone asks me which language to learn before going to America, I'd say English, but the truth is, I could just as easily learn Spanish. My friend's parents when I was little had lived in America for eight years and knew about twenty English words. They weren't working very hard to learn any more either. It lessens our national pride. What is a nation who can't even decide on a language? I knew a man who came from Africa. He said that to travel from one country to another around there you must learn their language, and each country was only a day's ride from one other. He said that to live in his village you must know the village language, and to go to some countries, you must know French, and others you must know English. That would be hard. That is not fair. But The United States isn't a day's car ride from other countries. It is big, and most countries must cross an ocean to reach us. To go from Pennsylvania to California, across the country, takes nine hours on an airplane. I think that you should be required to know English to get a job, food stamps, WellCare, or anything like that. You shouldn't be able to read labels on god in two or three languages. A country does not stay strong by being the most diverse. Different nationalities living integrated is wonderful. A country that is separated by multiple languages and cultures will never be strong.
We have never pandered to any other immigrant group like we are Hispanics. It's unfair to all the people that came before them and came in legally and learned the language. I was looking for work a while back and lost out to bilinguals because I didn't speak Spanish. I do not think this is fair or right. They are the guests.
Well, I came from Somalia in 1998 and I did not speak English at all. I was 14 and was placed into high school. At first, it was very hard because I couldn't understand anyone. All I did was smile at them. However, after 3 months, I was speaking and understanding English. Therefore, if you are in America and don't speak English, what the heck are you doing here? I believe all immigrants must speak/learn English. Their lives would be much, much better, and certainly make more money. Go learn English!
Immigrants should be productive members of society. This is nearly impossible, without language skills. I don't know if this can be "forced", however, it should be highly encouraged, and classes should be made available for free. This would create jobs here and make jobs possible for the graduating students, as well as increasing the immigrants awareness and self-esteem.
If an immigrant can't speak English, it is going to be almost impossible for them to work most jobs because they won't be able to communicate with their customers or fellow workers. They should also learn it because it will help them get along in every day life.
I live in Texas, there are constantly people at the store for example that do not speak a word of English. So we have to wait for a Spanish speaking employee to come and assist them, goodbye 15 minutes of my life. Also I do not expect to run into Mexico and require people to cater to my language and have a personal translator that is ridiculous. I already know the basics of Spanish, so I could go into Mexico and be successful but people who know nothing of the language should just stay out. It should be required for all no matter what. And for the argument "well immigrants do not have time to take a class to learn because they are working." Please get your facts, employers in the United States speak English. Being only a Spanish speaker makes it hard to get a job and a steady one. So clearly they have no job so learn the language so you can get a job to pay for your family. Learn priorities. Obvious.
What has happened in the U.S. in the last 15- 20 years is incredible. As some people say, it is in fact a country of immigrants, but throughout history said immigrants have integrated to the country, contributed to creating something for the country that took them in, thus making it the great nation it got to be.
The main problem now is that this immigration wave is more of leechy in nature. It's all about taking, there's no giving back (plus most of the money gets sent to the home country anyway). They don't think they need to learn English because they don't even really want to be a part of the country. They are here to take and not to contribute. They don't want to be part of the U.S., it's all about getting a job that pays money they would never see back home. As the economy has struggled, many have left. There is no love for America in them and they really won't learn English unless they absolutely have to. And here comes the best part.
Being the plural nation that it is, America has tried to accommodate people that don't speak English. It first started in border areas in border states. Places where a lot of illegals gathered started having bilingual signs. Then it started spreading. Workplaces had signs for employees in both languages. Then it wasn't border states anymore. It's nationwide. They have it so easy, they will never learn English. Mayor Bloomberg in NY constantly delivers bilingual messages (it's so bad there). There are election ballots in Spanish!!!!! And as I witnessed during a business venture, some Nevada government offices have Spanish only days, or better yet, English speakers have 2 days out of 5 in which they can go to the social security office.
And for people who speak about classes and money, and teachers... A language can be learned very easily if you get enough practice and with a little willpower. They could go to the library and get a basic English book, buy cheap dictionaries. But most importantly, they need to start watching English TV, as long as they're stuck to Telemundo, talking to their "amigos" about "futbol", and secluding into this micro countries they've created in their neighborhoods, they'll never speak English. And again, the road is paved for them not to have to.
The United States is giving immigrants a better life, which is mostly the reason they came to America in the first place, so the least they can do is benefit the country and learn English. If they do not learn English, it would be very difficult for them to get a job. If they do, then they can get jobs that benefit the country, such as: Scientists, engineers, doctors, nuclear physicists. Opposers might say that those jobs require lots of school, but, then again, you need to know English to go to these kinds of schools.
If an American goes to another country to visit, for business, or re-locates there, the people of that country are not going to learn English, just so they can communicate with them. The person who is new to that society should make every attempt to learn the language of that country, to show they are interested in learning how to communicate with the natives there. If someone comes to this country, they shouldn't be running around waving their Mexican flag, ranting in Spanish about how bad it is here. If they don't want to be here, then they can stay where they came from. If they want to be here, then they should make every effort to learn the language. There's nothing wrong with being bi-lingual or proud of your heritage. But, once you come to this country, you need to learn English.
Nations are defined by borders, languages and culture. While we do not enforce a common culture, a nation requires a set of common languages. Shared languages ensure that everyone can communicate. Requiring immigrants to learn English ensures that they can interact on equal basis with everyone already here. It also prevents "ghetto-ization" of immigrants, because they cannot interact with other groups. Requiring English also ensures that all immigrants have equal access to educational, social and governmental affairs, instead of those groups already knowing English having an unfair advantage (like Indians who learn English in India and Canadians who speak English). Requiring the language prevents immigrants from relying upon translation services at their own expense, or creating demands on overly burdened social services. Requiring basic English ensures immigrants can interact and communicate effectively.
This is America, and we speak English. If immigrants want to live here, they should have to learn our language. It is intimidating when these immigrants are around you and they are speaking their language, and you don't know what they are saying. I believe it makes people feel uncomfortable, and I don't think that Americans should feel this way in their own country.
People immigrate to our country because we offer them a better and more secure way of life. While I welcome such people to our country, I feel that one of the requirements for living in our country is speaking and understanding the native language: English. When I dial a phone number here in the U.S., I am tired of having to press "1" for English. If immigrants are moving to our country, it is mandatory that they speak and understand English.
I feel it is costly for our area businesses and government in that those businesses and or government departments have to have people to translate for them, in such case they have a client, customer, or other that cannot speak English. It just helps facilitate communication, and ensures there are fewer issues with miscommunication.
Before you "Americans" came the people here were the Native Americans. You guys came and stole the land from them so youre the IMMIGRANTS! The "immigrants" are the ones who work for this country while you Americans sit on your couch and eat McDonalds. You guys sit outside with signs and ask for money while the immigrants are working very hard to help this country. So if I see any of you Americans, you will be saying to me "Hello sir, welcome to McDonald's. How may I help you?" Get off the couch and get a job like us "Immigrants."
Is the US not "The Land Of The Free"? Do we not have "Liberty and Justice For All"? If we are truly a free nation, than we cannot enforce anything beyond taxes, laws, etc. Why infringe on their rights by FORCING them to learn a language they may not want to learn?
Immigrants shouldn't be forced to speak English because some of them could forget their native language. Plus in the USA there's no official language. The USA is all about freedom, so why shouldn't they let immigrants be? Yes immigrants should learn how to speak English for job interviews so they can be bilingual. Some of them came to the United States for a better life, but some of them went there to get away from all the dangerous things. They want to give their kids a better life, but they could do that without knowing English. It's easier for kids to learn English because they're young, but for adults it takes time. Some of them don't have free time for English classes. Some high schools have classes of Spanish. Not only immigrants should learn how to speak English but so should Americans!
The word force is so hostile. I agree that it should be encouraged, but certainly not forced. Forcing someone to do anything except pay taxes, etc. Infringes upon their constitutional rights. As it states in article one of the constitution you are allowed the freedom of speech! I hope you open your eyes and see how ridiculous it would be if you moved to a country and you were 50-60 years old and were FORCED to learn a language other than the one you have been speaking your whole life.
To wrap it all up, I just cannot stress how much to word force changes the whole situation.
People shouldn't have to learn English because some people don't have the time. Some people can speak. I don't see why they should because they may not have access to schools. Some people don't have money for lessons. They have the same rights as us. There is no Part in the constitution that says immigrants have to learn English.
Just because someone from a different country lives in America doesn't mean they have to go through the trouble to learn English when some Americans are illiterate. The language barrier isn't much of an obstacle, their younger children can go to school and become translators for them. Immigrants have the right to choose if they want to learn the language. For some, learning the language would take more trouble than just relying on their friends and children
It just isn't right to force people to speak a certain language, after all, we're not even Americans, just Europeans who settled here and then fought a war so we wouldn't have to pay taxes. And what about the hundreds of languages that were spoken by the natives of this country? I mean, they surely didn't speak English. As well, isn't freedom of speech and language one of the things that the founding fathers wanted to base this fine country on?
I came here when I was 8. I only spoke Spanish and mostly got beaten up at school for not having proper English. Now I'm going to a great school and have great grades. Was I forced to speak English? No, but it was something I had to do in order to have a successful future. Other immigrants can also make that choice. They don't have to be forced to learn it.
The United States Government has not declared an official language, it is likely it will never do so.
"Forcing" one to learn something goes against American values. America is already known for its hypocrisy, there's no reason to make it worse. Forcing one to learn English is merely another way to limit minority immigration as they make up the majority of the immigrant population today (Dept. Of Homeland Security, 2012 report). Minority in this case stands for both ethnically and people from non-English speaking countries. Stop letting history repeat itself, we do not need anymore accusations of xenophobia to stain this country's image.
If we are to force immigrants to learn English, it's only fair if we force every non-English speaking citizen to learn it as well. How exactly does this stand by American values?
Inconvenience, restricted opportunities, and social pressure should be sufficient motivating forces for non-English speaking immigrants to learn the language. Of course, the only exception would be the ones who choose to live and interact with their own kind. They have the right to do as they wish; the country is not going to crumble because of this.
Be aware that not knowing English has no proven, direct correlation to lower productivity or higher dependency on welfare. Do make sure your source is credible and the report comprehensive if you claim otherwise. These people still have to find ways to make a living like any other person. Not knowing English does not make one less intelligent.
Finally, America is made of a very large and diverse population relative to other countries. It would very difficult if not impossible to enforce this proposal.
Many people living in the United States share the same feeling towards learning a foreign language. Why should we have to learn a foreign language when immigrants are living in our country. The people moving into the United States should learn English. This viewpoint is ignorant and has no backing to their argument. Learning a foreign language has numerous benefits. Learning a second language has more benefits than just learning the language. Language learning helps build confidence. One example of the confidence building effect of learning a foreign language came from a student that was enrolled in a total immersion program. “As Elizabeth arrives at school each day she enters a French speaking environment. Teachers and children greet each other in French, the morning announcements are made in French, and science, math and health classes are taught in French. At the beginning of the school year, Elizabeth had fun learning to understand the French that was being spoken, but often responded in English As the year progressed, she and the other children eventually not only responded in French, but also chattered and played with each other in French (Stewart 12).” In the process of learning a foreign
language, students also begin to understand culture. Understanding other cultures traditions is a huge piece of the puzzle to understand how people live and is critical to gain a perspective of the world. Language learning places students into a different cultural mindset and helps students accept other people for who they are. Some world famous advertising blunders happened when the Gerber baby food did not consider cultural differences. “Gerber” translated into French literally means “to vomit.” Obviously, this is not an ideal name for a company marketing in any French speaking country. To make matters worse, jars of Gerber baby food in the United States has a picture of a healthy baby on the it’s label. When Gerber tried the same marketing in Africa it horrified Africans who assumed Gerber was selling babies as food, instead of food for babies (Creative Translation - Blunders). The last benefit of learning a second language during elementary school, is later on in life students will have an advantage when applying for a job. The top high paying jobs need people who can relate to more than one culture as well communicate effectively in another language.
Immigrants don't necessarily have to learn English, they will go back to their original country as soon as they save enough money. Instead spending time learning English they rather have two jobs and get the most possible cash they can get. Me as a Russian immigrant I learned English previously before I came to America and currently am learning Spanish so I can take over Hispanics.
I don't think that anyone should be forced to speak a certain language, even if it is the primary language of the country that they reside in. In today's society, we try hard not to "force" people to do too many things because this is supposed to be a country of free will. But, I would support strongly persuading immigrants to learn the language of the land by not catering to or accommodating them as we do today. That means stop spending so much money on bilingual signage, employees and telephone systems. If someone wants to be in a country so bad that they will leave home and family behind, I think they should at least learn the language that is spoken there. And, we shouldn't make things super easy for those who are unwilling to learn, and harder on the rest of us, by spending our money to make sure that it's easy for them to navigate through life without learning the language of their preferred country.
The United States has no official language. While it would be most convenient for everyone if immigrants did learn English, the immigration process is already extremely difficult and lengthy to get through. Requiring people to learn another language would only add more difficulty to the process. Instead, our immigration system should offer free programs for immigrants to give them an introduction to the language.
I don't think that this is possible to enforce, as it is not possible to know all immigrants who are illegal. This is just my opinion, but it seems that other things should happen first, like making sure immigrants are fed and clothed. Only then, should we focus on allowing them to improve on their English, if they want to make progress.
What is the point of forcing language and culture on a personal basis that does not adhere to the new set of language, culture, behaviors, values? It will only make that person miserable, make them feel ignored, like there is no interest or attention to what they are, to their identity, to where they come from (not in the geographical sense).
Assimilation and aggressive language policies certainly won't lead to a peaceful community, but to a frustrated and subordinated one.
Obviously, under the practical aspect, chances are immigrants will learn the language, because they will need to get around. But once the policy comes knocking at their bathroom door I don't think they'll bite the bullet as easily.
Immigrants should not be forced to learn "English" because first if they don't want to learn the language they cannot be forced by anyone according to the law. But even IF they made a law that forced them to learn "English" they could refuse to or they could pretend not to know what the other people are saying. Immigrants cannot be forced to learn the "English" when this is a free country and thanks to that we cannot be forced. That is one of the biggest reasons I love America, so there you go. I think that If any of you would be immigrants or had family that where immigrants from any country, you would of clicked the no button, but its pretty sad that the most of you say yes. Oh and to that 20% that said no, I love you guys and stay how you are.
I don't think that english is important to success. 150% of people think that you shouldn't need to learn english in America and 99% of those people are Americans. Shane and Julia are going to lose. They dont understand that good cop bad cop is unbeatable and we have a solid argument. Good luck with those statistics. I hope they help you.
Forcing immigrants to learn English won't make them any more "American". They will learn how to survive with whatever language they know, or learn English on their own time... After they are citizens! The diversity of language and culture is what makes the U.S. So great. Learning a new language is extremely difficult and the older you are the harder it is. Why are we putting people who want to become a part of our country through such difficult trials? Put yourself in their shoes!
Many immigrants come to America so their children/grandchildren will grow up having a better life, which means many immigrants come to America in their elderly years. I don't think anyone expects an elderly person to learn a completely new language and many can't because they simply do not have the mind to learn new things anymore. Their children/grandchildren will grow up in the country and therefore become naturally fluent in English and act as translator for their parents/grandparents. It's simply not necessary for the older generation to take the time and amount of work required to learn a foreign language.
Not to mention, it is rather hypocritical and arrogant of Americans to say that people who come here should learn English when I can't even count how many times I've heard from people who went on vacation to other countries, "Ugh! No one in France, Italy, Mexico, China, etc. Spoke English! Don't they know how many English-speaking tourists they get? I didn't know what the hell I was ordering at restaurants because the waiters couldn't understand me! They should have to learn English! I shouldn't have to learn French just because I'm going to France! This is an outrage! Ruined the whole trip!"
English is considered the most difficult language to learn and many people just can't learn it. It's too hard for them. They shouldn't be denied access to a better life just because their brains aren't capable of learning a new language, especially if they can count on others, their children or other family and friends, to help them out.
My position in support that immigrants shouldn't be forced to learn English in the USA is because for one reason not all immigrants can learn the English language. It's very difficult for some immigrants to learn the English language especially coming from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds and upbringing. The US government should continue to provide interpreters to those immigrants who cannot speak the English language.
On the other hand, immigrants should be allowed to learn the English language to their own discretion to assimilate in the American society.
Encouraged but not forced! We should speak more than one language and master English which seems to be not done by most of the people who are most ardent for force. I'm saddened by the selfishness and disdain by so many people toward the immigration bill. My country has never had so much madness.
In today's global economy there is no benefit in remaining mono-linguistic, and it is not a thing to argue about. Creating a multilingual society in United States is long overdue. There are advantages to offer language courses to those who wish to improve their command of the English language, but in this stage of the world, it is time for all of us to start showing a lot more respect and interest in other cultures especially when they become our next door neighbors!
It is a selfish request for any American from any race to demand others to learn English. Any American citizen that speaks English usually has their kids going to their English speaking school, having a good chance of being successful in life if the effort is put into it. They have no struggle to understand the orders given to them for their job. Immigrants, like Mexican immigrants for example come to this country making a huge effort to give the best for kids and family. They often don't obtain the prefect job because most of them require the understanding of English so they tend to settle for lower paying jobs. It is a marginalizing statement to require these hard working immigrants to know a language that were never familiarized with. These immigrants deserve respect because it is not just for them to be required to be bilingual in this country of opportunities while most Americans take these PRIVILEGES for granted. Yes, if it is a privilege for the immigrant it is also a privilege for you!