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Bush administration steers immigrants away from English
New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | May 22, 2006 | DeRoy Murdock

Posted on 05/22/2006 7:07:50 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

"THE SUCCESS of our country depends upon helping newcomers assimilate into our society, and embrace our common identity as Americans," President Bush declared Monday in his Oval Office address on immigration reform. "English allows newcomers to go from picking crops to opening a grocery, from cleaning offices to running offices, from a life of low-paying jobs to a diploma, a career and a home of their own."

As the son of legal Costa Rican immigrants whose mother learned English, taught in the Los Angeles City Schools and earned a master's degree from Pepperdine University, I found the President's words pertinent, touching and heartwarming.

How crushing, then, to discover Bush's remarks at jarring variance with federal policy. Rather than persuade immigrants to speak English and flourish — as have my parents, to their children's ultimate benefit — the Bush administration actively steers immigrants away from English while actually prosecuting those who expect immigrants to speak America's (and Earth's) lingua franca.

From ballot boxes to hospitals, workplaces and even the Internet, Bush's words and deeds are perpendicular to each other:

Step two in stopping America's sprint up the Tower of Babel is to scrap divisive multilingualism and make government conduct official domestic business in English, with limited, commonsense exceptions (e.g., broadcasting Spanish-language tornado warnings and defending foreign criminal suspects in their native tongues).

Step one is for Bush to follow his assimilationist rhetoric and speak English out of just one side of his mouth.

New York commentator Deroy Murdock is a senior fellow with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in Arlington, Va.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: america; assimilation; civilrightsact; culture; english; foreignlanguage; language; multilingual; nationalorigin; usa; voting

1 posted on 05/22/2006 7:07:55 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; Angelwood; ...

PING!


2 posted on 05/22/2006 7:08:34 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (One flag--American. One language--English. One allegiance--to America!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
How crushing, then, to discover Bush's remarks at jarring variance with federal policy.

Yeah, I know. I've been crushed ever since Jorge's love festival with Vicente back in 2001.
3 posted on 05/22/2006 7:15:00 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Di'ver'si'ty (adj.): A compound word derived from the root words: division; perversion; adversity.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Isn't this author gay?


4 posted on 05/22/2006 7:15:32 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: MJY1288

I have no idea, and quite frankly, I don't care if he is.


5 posted on 05/22/2006 7:18:48 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (One flag--American. One language--English. One allegiance--to America!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
That's fine, But I think he may have an Axe to grind, especially when he doesn't quote an y contradictory remarks by the Potus, just policies of places like the EEOC, that's like quoting the ACLU,

I remember how Sullivan turned on Bush over the Gay Marriage thing, and this openly Homosexual is no different

6 posted on 05/22/2006 7:22:40 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
LINK
7 posted on 05/22/2006 7:24:33 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Is GWB's puzzling push for an open border with Mexico being directed by George H.W. Bush?

Is someone else pulling the strings that GHWB dances to?

After all, he did promise us a New World Order.

8 posted on 05/22/2006 7:26:58 PM PDT by StopGlobalWhining (Only 3 1/2-5% of atmospheric CO2 is the result of human activities. 95-96.5% is from natural sources)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Reading the article for the second time and I think this is a reach like I haven't seen in a long time, this guy isn't even good at propaganda


9 posted on 05/22/2006 7:27:10 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: MJY1288
That's fine, But I think he may have an Axe to grind, especially when he doesn't quote an y contradictory remarks by the Potus, just policies of places like the EEOC, that's like quoting the ACLU,

Please read the first paragraph, and if you have any of these contradictory quotes by President Bush, please post them.

10 posted on 05/22/2006 7:28:06 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (One flag--American. One language--English. One allegiance--to America!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I don't have any, and neither does the Author


11 posted on 05/22/2006 7:29:31 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: MJY1288

Thanks for the link. I'm still not sure how DeRoy Murdock's homosexuality has anything to do with linguistic diversity under the Bush Administration. If you have any evidence that Murdock's commentary is revenge for Bush's support of a Traditional Marriage amendment or some such, please let us know.


12 posted on 05/22/2006 7:30:35 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (One flag--American. One language--English. One allegiance--to America!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
All I was saying is that the Author is reaching in this article, He is claiming Bush doesn't want people to learn English, and his proof is weak very weak. I think he has an Axe to grind, and this article is all the proof I need, The Guy (or whatever he is behind closed doors) is not good at Propaganda.. That's all!

Have fun!

See Ya, these threads are way too predictable, Good Night!

13 posted on 05/22/2006 7:34:32 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: jan in Colorado

ping


14 posted on 05/22/2006 7:48:16 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: MJY1288
Bush's hypocrisy is most vivid on his own Web site, WhiteHouse.gov. Click the "Espanol" button and read what he did today in Spanish. What incentive does this give Hispanic immigrants to learn English? Ninguno. None whatsoever.

That's not an agency issue...that's a place where he could insist on English-only.

15 posted on 05/22/2006 7:49:51 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Gondring
How can you convince a Hispanic speaking person to learn English if you don't communicate with him or her?, The White House Website could be ordered to print nothing but English and that would please you, but I doubt they would have ever read this line...

""THE SUCCESS of our country depends upon helping newcomers assimilate into our society, and embrace our common identity as Americans," President Bush declared Monday in his Oval Office address on immigration reform. "English allows newcomers to go from picking crops to opening a grocery, from cleaning offices to running offices, from a life of low-paying jobs to a diploma, a career and a home of their own."

That looks and sounds like somebody trying to convince non English speaking Hispanics to learn English to me!!!!

16 posted on 05/22/2006 7:56:12 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: Gondring

You can't see the forrest for the Tree's my friend


17 posted on 05/22/2006 7:57:00 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: MJY1288

LOL! Actions speak louder than words, my FRiend.

And are you implying that the president doesn't care about any other immigrants learning English? If he cared, wouldn't he translate it all into Tagalog, Mandarin, Serbo-Croatian, etc.?


18 posted on 05/22/2006 8:01:39 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: MJY1288
You can't see the forrest for the Tree's my friend

Didn't realize you aren't an English speaker yourself! No offense meant! :-)

19 posted on 05/22/2006 8:03:19 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Gondring
If we had 20 Million of any of them, I'm sure he would...

Your arguments are not much stronger that the limp wrister who wrote this tripe

20 posted on 05/22/2006 8:05:06 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: Gondring
That's the strongest argument you have made yet, Sorry for the spelling error, You can call in the Grammar police, I will not defend my egregious error
21 posted on 05/22/2006 8:07:00 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: StopGlobalWhining
GWB isn't pushing for an open border...he's pushing for a closed border, but allowing anyone to come in. :-) Seriously, he's all for cutting down on illegal imigration, as long as we open up legal immigration. And I think you can go back to his time as governor to see that.

What bothers me most of all, though, is his disregard of the Constitution at the same time he claims to revere it. Check out Power Surge, for example.

22 posted on 05/22/2006 8:07:28 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: MJY1288
With 20 million, you'd think there would be quite enough to provide a support network to learn English just like other immigrants have...without the coddling. (It's the few immigrants from other locales that could most use assistance, when they are in entirely foreign surroundings with no others like them.) Also, it's very well documented that bilingual provisions retard the learning of English.

My arguments are sound. BTW, it's more than spelling...it's capitalization and punctuation, too...all in one sentence. ;-) I don't normally call in the grammar police, but the topic is English. :-)

23 posted on 05/22/2006 8:12:45 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Gondring
" My arguments are sound."

I'm quite sure you believe that. There is a pattern of sound arguments all throughout this article and your well thought out criticisms of my grammar in a chat room. Yup, your arguments are sound... Oops, I meant "Yes" Please excuse me.

BTW English major..... Do you know the meaning of "Anal"

24 posted on 05/22/2006 8:18:46 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: MJY1288

1) Not an English major...sorry. I learned English in public school, even.

2) I know the meaning of that word better than you know the meaning of smileys, I see.

Goodnight.


25 posted on 05/22/2006 8:21:34 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Gondring

Sleep well! You were great tonight


26 posted on 05/22/2006 8:22:29 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: Gondring
"2) I know the meaning of that word better than you know the meaning of smileys, I see"

What a defense, are you a Lawyer?

27 posted on 05/22/2006 8:24:15 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

que?


28 posted on 05/22/2006 8:24:24 PM PDT by Bones75
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To: StopGlobalWhining

The clue may be Allyn & Company.


29 posted on 05/22/2006 8:34:29 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Check out usajobs.opm.gov the official US government website listing jobs in the Federal government including the Army War College, military bases, State department, Library of Congress, etc. It has a link for the Spanish language version. If you can't read English well enough even to understand how to apply for a government job, why should you be eligible or even considered for employment in the government? This is madness.

My great-grandparents came from Switzerland. They spoke German. I'm sure that they didn't insist that this country provide German translations for everything. They learned English as fast as they could.

Bush and his cronies are contributing to the Balkanization of this country. We are soon going to reap the whirlwind for this idiocy.


30 posted on 05/22/2006 8:35:07 PM PDT by WestSylvanian
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on Immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

Theodore Roosevelt 1907


31 posted on 05/22/2006 8:51:36 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("The Americans on Flight 93 did more to counter terrorism than the Democrats have done in 4 years")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The user manual, blueprint and Bible on this has been published for the world to see.

A quick quote:

Develop teacher exchange and training programs for elementary and secondary school teachers. This would assist in removing language barriers and give some students a greater sense of North American identity. Greater efforts should also be made to recruit Mexican language teachers to teach Spanish in the United States and Canada.
That's from page 30 of the linked document.

I urge all FReepers to go read this document. Eye opening and very bad news for our country. But it will help you understand the direction in which President Bush is steering the immigration debate.

32 posted on 05/22/2006 10:18:27 PM PDT by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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To: jan in Colorado

CFR ping


33 posted on 05/22/2006 10:45:56 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: upchuck
And...

WHAT WE SHOULD DO BY 2010
Lay the groundwork for the freer flow of people within North America. The three governments should commit themselves to the long-term goal of dramatically diminishing the need for the current intensity of the governments’ physical control of cross-border traffic, travel, and trade within North America. A long-term goal for a North American border action plan should be joint screening of travelers from third countries at their first point of entry into North America and the elimination of most controls over the temporary movement of these travelers within North America.

34 posted on 05/22/2006 10:54:21 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Gondring

Yep! That's why everybody needs to read this CFR document.


35 posted on 05/23/2006 10:32:26 AM PDT by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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