Tuesday, March 08, 2005

No habla multiculturalism

Sen Coburn has introduced a bill (S.557) that would repeal Clinton's Executive Order 13166.

EO 13166, issued in August of 2000, is designed to ensure that persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) have adequate access to federally funded services, consistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on national origin.

The ability to speak, read, and write English is a necessary skill in order to be successful in the country. Too many people are kept on the "language plantation" because we enable them to function speaking a language other than English. Since we want our immigrants to be successful, provided they are not illegal immigrants in which case I want them deported immediately, we must stop giving them excuses not to learn America's language.
When kids are given a challenging curriculum in school they will achieve, when the classes are dumbed-down the children will not be prepared for the real world. If we were to require our immigrants to learn English through full immersion I have no doubt that they will step up and learn. But if we keep printing voter registration cards, DMV pamphlets, and employment forms in foreign languages what incentive do they have to learn?

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