Yet another incoherent letter to the editor today blasted my positions that (1) illegal aliens should be deported immediately (2) we should put school children in full immersion English classes.
Here is the letter: (The spelling/grammar fix is in RED)
English-only argument 'racist'
As English as a Second Language students at Dayton High School, we do not believe that total immersion in English makes us learn English better. What are really behind the English-only arguments are fear and a denial of diversity in this country.
English-only arguments are unfounded and undemocratic. According to research, students learn better in their native language than in English immersion classrooms.
We believe the March 29 letter, "Require English skills," is racist and discriminatory. Denying illegal immigrants the right to speak their native language violates their freedom-of-speech rights.
Have Americans forgotten the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which guaranteed that immigrants could preserve their language when eight states were taken from Mexico?
Immigrants should not have to abandon their native languages or their cultures to become American. Americans need to forget their insecurities and prejudices and recognize that the limited-English speakers, whether legal or not, are part of the community and have a right to all services.
CRISTIAN CORTEZ, MAYRA NAVARRO
LUPE ALVAREZ, JUANA RODRIGUEZ Dayton
Well, I guess they showed me. Except that their letter makes no sense. Let me pick it apart.
"English-only arguments are unfounded and undemocratic." What does this mean?
"According to research..." No you can't see this "research!" It's a secret!
"Denying illegal immigrants the right to speak their native language violates their freedom-of-speech rights." That's right, but no one is suggesting that...
"Have Americans forgotten the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo..." I remember the Alamo, does that count?
"Americans need to forget their insecurities and prejudices and recognize that the limited-English speakers, whether legal or not, are part of the community and have a right to all services." If you are "not legal" you have no right to vote, work, own a firearm, etc. They should have no rights and be deported whenever and wherever they are found.
My $10 says that my letter was brought to these kids attention by their ESL teacher who let them write this hysterical piece of criminal justification during class time. If these kids are illegals I hope that they get deported.