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"The law requiring that Mexican truckers coming into the United States speak English has been on the books for years,..."
1 posted on 08/26/2007 10:57:59 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch
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"Whether the Mexican government has or has not informed the drivers about this law, well, thats something we cant answer for them," she said.

"The Mexican government lodged a protest, saying that the US broke the law first by enforcing the law" /s
2 posted on 08/26/2007 11:02:16 AM PDT by mrsmel (Free Ramos and Compean! Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: AnimalLover; rineaux; Roamin53; genxer; time4good; NoTaxTexas; RGVTx; notaliberal; 19th LA Inf; ...

Ping!

If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.


3 posted on 08/26/2007 11:04:03 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (US Constitution Article 4 Section 4..shall protect each of them against Invasion...domestic Violence)
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But who is going to catch the ones going from the border zone to the interior of the U.S. ??


4 posted on 08/26/2007 11:04:14 AM PDT by acoulterfan
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Could be that when they are stopped for speeding or other infractions they will be able to converse with the LEO.

Not just “No hablo”


5 posted on 08/26/2007 11:04:28 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Guns, what real men want for Christmas)
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They better learn to change all 18 tires on their rigs as well......american truckers , independet or union idiots won’t put up with this crap.


6 posted on 08/26/2007 11:05:06 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet. ©)
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I have a message for Mr. Trevino: We in Texas expect all Spanish-speaking only kids to come here and learn the language [be able to read, listen to, write, and speak it] within 3 years. Surely your adult drivers can handle it well enough after one year. Sign ‘em up for English courses.


8 posted on 08/26/2007 11:06:26 AM PDT by Clara Lou (Go, FRed, go!)
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hey! wake up.

on socal freeways an auto can be doing 90 in the 65 mph,

and who does the chp stop?

not the auto, but the semis.

the chp rides herd on trucks, so stop your bitching.


9 posted on 08/26/2007 11:06:57 AM PDT by ken21
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11 posted on 08/26/2007 11:09:48 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (sing after me......de-por-ta-tion cha-cha-cha)
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It also will allow up to 100 U.S. carriers to go deep into Mexico with their loads.

So will these drivers be required to habla Espanol?

13 posted on 08/26/2007 11:10:51 AM PDT by Sherman Logan (Scratch a liberal, find a dhimmi)
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“Truckers must talk English [Laredo, Texas]”

IF enforced...
another Triumph of The Anglosphere.

Just as English replaced French as the common language for international
airports after WWII.
(despite pre-WWII plans to make French the common aviation language)


15 posted on 08/26/2007 11:12:29 AM PDT by VOA
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Truck drivers would need to speak English
By CHRIS BLANK
Associated Press Writer

Commercial truck drivers would be required to communicate in English and take their certification tests without the help of translators under a measure gaining first-round approval in the House on Wednesday.

Commercial drivers also would need to show they can read highway signs, fill out forms and respond to official inquiries, such as about what they are hauling.

Sponsor Rep. Neal St. Onge said it becomes a safety issue when a truck driver cannot read road signs and written information about construction and traffic conditions.

“Commercial drivers are driving down the road in an 80,000-pound rocket full of gasoline,” said St. Onge, R-Ellisville.

But critics said there is no evidence to suggest that drivers who cannot speak English are less safe than those who can.

Rep. John Burnett, D-Kansas City, said the requirement would open the door to discrimination by license testers who could deny licenses by claiming an applicant is not fluent enough in English.

Currently, people can take the written commercial license test in English or Spanish by computer. During the driving part of the test, evaluators can gesture to explain instructions.

The House already has endorsed measures to require English be spoken in official proceedings, bar illegal immigrants from state colleges and universities and require police to ask about the immigration and citizenship status of anyone they arrest.

Rep. Tim Flook said that unlike other “symbolic” measures, the driver’s license restrictions are “something that actually protects people.”

Flook, R-Liberty, has opposed much of the previous legislation.

The bill was endorsed by voice vote, but both Republicans and Democrats said during floor debate they supported the driving restrictions.

Rep. Tim Meadows, a former truck driver, said the licensing of drivers is an important safety check. He said communication and language skills are important.

“These things aren’t toys. And if you’re on the road with one of these things and you get hit or your family gets hit, then (there is) the possibility of not being able to communicate with one of the drivers of one of these things when you need to,” said Meadows, D-Imperial.

The bill requires another vote before moving to the Senate.

http://newstribune.com/articles/2007/03/29/news_state/277state32truckers.txt

Commercial license bill is HB245
http://www.senate.mo.gov/07info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&BillID=216333
On the Net:

Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov


17 posted on 08/26/2007 11:13:56 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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Seems fair to me. Airline pilots have to speak English. Why not truck drivers? :-)

(Not equating flying a plane with driving a truck.)

18 posted on 08/26/2007 11:14:18 AM PDT by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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Last time I turned on a CB radio, 90% of the chatter was Spanish.


19 posted on 08/26/2007 11:14:46 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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>>Truckers must talk English<<

Perhaps they will also speak English. Perhaps the journalist who wrote this headline could use a refresher course.


22 posted on 08/26/2007 11:16:23 AM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words)
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¿Que?


30 posted on 08/26/2007 11:22:51 AM PDT by traumer
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Why would a foreign truck driver have to be able to speak English? Do you think it might have something to do with his being able to understand what emergency personnel and cops are directing him to do?

I think all the emergency personnel and cops should be required to speak Spanish, Nicaraguan, Guatemalan, Cuban, Iraqi, and the rest of them obscure languages. After all they do have a higher IQ than these foreigners, or so we are told.

That's fair isn't it? We don't want to be called racists, that I do know.

31 posted on 08/26/2007 11:23:21 AM PDT by B4Ranch ("Freedom is not free, but don't worry the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.")
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No problem! It doesn’t matter where they’re from; just put a CB mic in their hand and, before ya know it, they’ll sound like they’re from south Alabama!


32 posted on 08/26/2007 11:23:38 AM PDT by uglybiker (relaxing in a luxuriant cloud of quality, aromatic, pre-owned tobacco essence)
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"Tamez Treviño, whose transportation company is in Montemorelos, is concerned that his drivers may be unable or unwilling to learn English, considering that even a short, intense course to learn the basics can take five months."

Two words, Señor Treviño, Rosetta Stone.

34 posted on 08/26/2007 11:24:41 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
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"We consulted with attorneys. We were somewhat relieved when they told us it would be treated as a warning. But now what are we supposed to do?"

Gosh, what a predicament. I have NO IDEA how to solve this kind of problem, nope, none at all.

/sarc

I hope these guys know what the big red sign with the letters S-T-O-P means, along with WRONG WAY, ONE WAY and so on. Not that there any safety concerns or anything.

35 posted on 08/26/2007 11:26:58 AM PDT by Disambiguator (What's the temperature, Albert?)
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The law requiring that Mexican truckers coming into the United States speak English has been on the books for years...

So has the law about illegal entry into the United States.

Maybe we should point out that the airline industry also has international treaties declaring English as the official language for airline pilots, too.

-PJ

38 posted on 08/26/2007 11:28:09 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (Repeal the 17th amendment -- it's the "Fairness Doctrine" for Congress!)
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