Mexican immigrants who don't speak Spanish growing in number
WOODBURN, Ore. (AP) — In a dusty plowed garlic field under a broiling sun, Simon Santol inched along with other stooped-over Mexican workers, tossing parchment-covered bulbs into buckets. But the chitchat across the furrows wasn't in Spanish.
Most was in Santol's native Triqui, Mixtec, Zapotec or other languages indigenous to regions within Mexico. He is among a growing population from poorest Mexico that often barely gets by in either English or Spanish.
"It was hard at first," the 28-year-old Santol said in halting Spanish. "We would look for someone who spoke our language and Spanish. Now I have learned a little Spanish. Grace of God."
These (probably illegal alien) guys come here speaking an indigenous language and instead of thinking they need to learn English to get by they want to learn Spanish to work. How sad is that.
Growing evidence that Oregon's official language is going to be Spanish.