Agreed. I've worked in customer service types of jobs for years, and a few months ago, I had to take one in a place that deals with the general public in a utility company. Before, I dealt with bankers, attorneys, realtors, medical supply offices, doctors, etc. all who were happy to speak English with me, and had to get jobs where that was necessary.
Now, anybody and everybody calls in where I work, and while I'm more than happy to get an interpreter on line, I started encountering those Spanish-speakers who feel that having an interpreter is not good enough for them (I'm sure my company spends a fortune to provide this for the lazy bastards) and who want to talk to a Spanish-speaking person. I have a Cuban friend who sits in the cube across from me, and he's generally willing to take them, but even he shakes his head about people who won't learn English in America.
I have to say, the experience has made me much more in favor of English-only in our society.
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”
One of my daughter-in-laws is Japanese. She came to this country when she was 20, to get an second college degree. She didn’t know anyone, didn’t speak English and had never been here. Yet in 3 years she learned to speak English, read and write it, worked while going to school, and got her degree. She was never on public assistance. She came legally too, and is here again (married to my son) legally.