AHEC Spanish Interpreter Training Proposal Employer Workforce Training Fund:
According to the 2000 census, the Hispanic population of northwest Oregon has increased to 275,314 from 112,707 (in 1990), and an increase of 144%. Yet this official count does not capture the entire picture as there is general recognition that Latinos are significantly undercounted. In fact, one local Hispanic advocacy agency states that the number of undocumented Hispanics in the area is at least equal to the number of immigrants with legal status.
The project need statement goes on to whine about illegal aliens not being able to speak English at the "level that permits him or her to interact effectively with health and social service agencies and providers." To which I say: good! Come here legally and learn some English if you want health care and social services.