What is your best description of how you feel about being a citizen of the United States of America?
— I am very, very fortunate.
— I am fortunate.
— I would rather be a citizen of another country.
— I am not & would never become a citizen of the USA.
— I am not a citizen of the USA.
English has been the natural national language the United States of America was founded. English is the language that successful immigrants chose to learn quickly so they might communicate effectively with other Americans. English is the language that provided communication between people so effectively that they were able to cooperate and build and become prosperous and free in United States of America.
Millions of people have died over the centuries defending the US of A. Millions of people have died attempting to emigrate to the US of A.
Today millions of legal & illegal immigrants are fighting to stay in the US of A. Why would they not want to speak English?
Please consider all that apply:
— They do not want to join Americans who work hard to build a better America.
— They only want to work menial jobs for low wages.
— They do not care about helping their kids succeed.
— They do not want to be citizens of the USA.
— They intend to go back to their homelands.
When I speak English, I am speaking:
— An enhanced version of the language used by Shakespeare, Bacon, Edgar Allen Poe, Jonathan Swift, Samuel Johnson, Dorothy Parker, Mark Twain & thousands of other literary masters.
— The language used by George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, & thousands of other successful statesmen.
— The language used by Einstein, Tesla, Edison, Bell, Henry Ford & thousands of other successful inventors.
— The language used by philosophers, inventors, scientists, historians, literary greats, statesmen, & NASA explorers.
— The language of computer hardware & software developers, architects & users.
— I don’t care.
Please consider the elements of immigration law that you believe should be required of immigrants.
— Prior work skill.
— Education above the 5th grade.
— Morally clean & disease free.
— No criminal record. (Those seeking political asylum are allowed some exemptions.)
— No reform is needed. Immigrants — even illegal immigrants — should be allowed to roam free across the USA.
— I haven’t thought about it & I still have no ideas.
People who emigrate to the United States from any nation may have any or all of the following reasons.
— Improving their work opportunities
— Improving their families’ opportunities
— Learning job skills.
— Earning while working on honest jobs
— Working to become a productive citizen of the United States
Make sure you understand the situation.
If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 years at hard labor.
Ii you cross the Iranian border illegally, you are detained indefinitely.
If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot… or decapitated.
If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally, you will be permanently jailed.
If you cross the Chinese border illegally, you may never be heard from again.
If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally, you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.
If you cross the Cuban border illegally, you will be thrown into political prison to rot.
If you cross the US border illegally and enter the USA, you get:
1 – A job;
2 – A driver’s license;
3 – A Social Security account that will start accruing benefits for you;
4 – Welfare;
5 – Food stamps;
6 – Credit cards;
7 – Subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house;
8 – Free education;
9 – Free health care;
10 – A lobbyist in Washington;
11 – Billions of dollars worth of public documents printed in your language;
12 – The right to carry your country’s flag while you protest that you don’t get enough respect and benefits.
Arizona, May, 2010
Protestors demand repeal of the law requiring immigrants to be legal — not illegal. Protestors call Arizona’s law racist.
Do you have a thought about their actions as you can see below?
US immigration laws, regulations, and procedures were devised and evolved over two centuries. American’s perspective was to make immigration reasonably easy and accept new citizens. It was believed that immigrants would bring skills, learn about the US, work hard, and become productive, honest Americans.
What do you think about this?
On many jobs people need to communicate and interact with their coworkers in order to be productive and do their jobs well.
Should being able to speak English be a requirement for getting hired to work in those workplaces?
Language Can Be A Divisive Tool — A Wedge
French Canadians centered in Quebec during the 1970s forced a complacent English-speaking majority to legislate it into a French language province. The 1977 passage of Bill 101 created the requirement for French to be the primary language of Quebec and limited the use of English in signage and official documents.
Gradually over decades French speakers managed to force their language upon the entire province. New immigrants to the province are required to educate their children in French. The eventual election of a separatist provincial government had a negative effect on Montreal’s economy. A number of organizations, most notably Sun-Life Insurance Company, moved from Quebec to Toronto. Since 1977, Toronto has surpassed Montreal as Canada’s largest city and primary financial center.
Throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, Montreal experienced a relatively slow rate of job growth as compared to other major Canadian cities.
Canadian lawmakers have struggled to clearly identify Canada as a bilingual nation even though French-speaking Canadians reside almost exclusively in the province of Quebec. Today before being appointed to, or running for national offices, candidates must pass a French proficiency test. Their objective is to ensure that everything from cereal boxes to store signage to highway signs are written in both French and English. Today that is the case everywhere except in the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec.
In Quebec, English has been eliminated from most officially sanctioned language usage.
Quebec is home to a powerful faction that continues to work to separate Quebec from Canada. The Quebec separatist movement’s objective is Quebec succession from Canada and formation of an independent Quebec nation. The remaining Canada would quickly become a different nation in most important aspects. Changes would ripple throughout Canada’s economy, politics, culture, trading, financial and taxation revenues, and global power.
Consider the differences between Americans and Mexicans. Are those differences caused by language or is there a fundamental difference in culture, approach to work and lifestyles?