By Rick Oltman, May 31, 2019
The politically correct Pew Research Center reports that two-thirds of illegal aliens in America are not proficient in English. Of course, that is not how they frame it. The report uses the Newspeak term “unauthorized immigrants” 28 times when referring to illegal aliens.
Illegal aliens from Mexico, the largest number, have 25 percent proficiency in English.
Pew also states that only 57 percent of legal immigrants are proficient in English (as of 2016).
The U.S. Census Bureau reported that in 2017, nearly half (48.2 percent) of residents in America’s five largest cities: New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and Phoenix, over 66 million people, speak a language other than English at home. That is more than twice the number in 1990, when the immigration flood gates burst open following passage of the 1986 IRCA legislation.
Speaking more than one language is commendable. However, speaking English is essential to preserving our culture, our country, and the freedoms our country represents and has defended with blood.
Fear and prejudice are normal human responses to the unknown and have been since the beginning of the human race. Viewing someone with suspicion because of skin color, eye shape, cultural practices, basically anything different from one’s self, is normal human nature, but can be overcome when communication between people is possible. And that essential communication is possible when people speak the same language, can share and explain their beliefs, their ideas, their likes and dislikes. That doesn’t automatically mean agreement with one another, but it can lead to understanding their point of view and makes possible a far more accurate threat assessment which, in most cases in our society, will result in understanding and, hopefully, cultural comradery. In this case, English is essential cultural glue.
English is the language of our country; it is also the language of our economy. If newcomers, preferably legal immigrants, are coming to America to seek a better life, learning English is one way to achieve that better life.
And English is a terrific language for expressing ideas. I was once speaking with the daughter of a friend of mine whose family came from Iran. She was fluent in both Farsi (Persian) and English. I asked her, “When you think, what language do you like to think in?” She looked at me quizzically for a moment, then said, “English, no contest.”
“Because there are so many more ways to express yourself in English.”
No contest. English is essential to increasing communication, sharing ideas and preserving our culture and our country … thereby our freedoms.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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