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Location: Ames, Iowa, United States

Monday, February 14, 2005

Judge Doing His Part

I have long been against bilingual education, and the cloistering of immigrants in isolated communities that only speak their own (non-English) language. The United States has welcomed people from around the globe, with the basic idea that they become part of our society, not change it to theirs.
Unfortunately there have been instances where certain groups have tried to keep there culture to the detriment of the towns and cities they migrate to. Hispanics, Chinese, Cubans and to a lesser extent Thais have established there own areas within our communities where the stores, schools and roadside signs all reflect a microcosm of their home countries. And there are others.
This has forced local governments to spend untold millions to accomodate the immigrants. It costs a lot of money to print books, signs and other reading material necessary to operate a functioning community. When those communities have to do this in more than one language, it costs that much more.
Those of us whose ancestors came across the Atlantic Ocean in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries can point proudly to the fact that no matter where we originally came from, we all learned English. My own ancestors came from parts of Germany. Both sides of the family, albeit at different times. The only reason I can speak a little German is because I studied it in school.
Now an article has popped up about a judge in Tennessee who is doing his part in trying to get immigrants to assimilate into our society. He is using child neglect as his reason.
I like the idea, yet the usual suspects are fighting it:

"Civil rights advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union, have charged that his orders are discriminatory and unconstitutional."

So it's discriminatory to make people speak English? Hopefully this will trigger a National English Law, which has been proposed for at least 25 years.

I'll be back



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