Saturday, June 18, 2005

BILINGUAL SPANISH LIBRARY ASSISTANT
Salary: $15.71 - $19.32 hourly
Location: Various Locations, Oregon

The Multnomah County Library is seeking permanent and on-call Bilingual Spanish Library Assistant candidates from diverse backgrounds to enhance service to our multicultural community. The list created from this announcement will be used to fill future vacancies and on-call positions.

These positions are part of the Library Outreach in Spanish (LIBROS) program dedicated to enhancing and increasing the library's bilingual services to Spanish-speaking customers. The best candidate will be able to provide culturally appropriate services to Latino community members of all ages in the neighborhood surrounding a particular branch library.

LIBROS web site (Google translation)

It's very reasurring that Multnomah County will not ask someone if they are an illegal alien, not lock up an illegal alien drug dealer due to overcrowding, but they will make sure that the illegal aliens have an enjoyable experience at the library!

They will feel right at home, the security at the library is similar to the security at our borders: non-existent.

6 comments:

The Rambling Taoist said...

but they will make sure that the illegal aliens have an enjoyable experience at the library!

Why do you assume that ONLY illegal aliens speak Spanish? There are many Mexican-AMERICANS who speak Spanish more regularly than English.

Of course, this is also true of people from many other countries as well. New US citizens from Russia tend to speak Russion and newly sworn in US citizens from Vietnam tend to speak Vietnamese.

In colonial America, new immigrants (e.g., Germans, Swedes, Italians, etc,) tended to retain their home languages for generations.

Daniel said...

There are many Mexican-AMERICANS

I will assume that you are refering to someone with dual citizenship since a Mexican is, by definition, a citizen of Mexico.

More likely though you mean Hispanic-Americans. I don't mind at all if people want to speak Spanish or any other language, I do mind that taxpayer dollars are spent on services that are primarily aimed at illegal aliens.

I don't assume that everyone who can't speak English is an illegal alien but I would be willing to walk around with you and bet $10 a head that a non-English speaking person is here illegaly. I would come out ahead.

The Rambling Taoist said...

I guess it depends on where we might walk around. If we chose northeastern Arizona, I bet we'd find a heck of a lot of Navahos who don't speak English AND whose ancestoral claim to their territoty predates America.

There are also significant populations in Minnesota (Swedish) as well as Pennsylvania & Kansas (German) in which we have immigrants who predominantly have spoken their native tongues for generations.

Sailor Republica said...

Uhm...I came from Minnesota. Surprising, the main foreign language that is spoken there is Hmong.

Swedish? Very small part of the population in Minnesota actually speak Swedish (or Norwegian) for that matter.

And no, they don't speak like the people in Fargo...absolutely not.

Anonymous said...

I spend a lot of time in the library, and rarely see Hispanics using the facility. It is a public funded institution and we're predominately an English speaking nation, so this position they're trying to fill is a waste of taxpayers money.

Also, my mother and her family are immigrants from Germany, and they had to start learning English on the Army Base before they were even allowed to enter our country. They were forbidden to speak German in public by their parents. This is the way it's supposed to work... of course they immigrated during the mid-fifties. Things sure have changed for the worse.

Dan J

The Rambling Taoist said...

Also, my mother and her family are immigrants from Germany, and they had to start learning English on the Army Base before they were even allowed to enter our country. They were forbidden to speak German in public by their parents. This is the way it's supposed to work...

Supposed to work? You think everyone who comes to America should be housed at military bases and forced to learn English before we let 'em loose?

If so, we're going to need to institute the draft. We don't have enough military personnel to go around policing the world AND conducting English classes!