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  • Fired Texas Principal Speaks Out: ‘It Would Be Best to Speak English in Classrooms’

    08/10/2014 2:34:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    On November 12, 2013, Amy Lacey, the principal of Texas’ Hempstead Middle School, was placed on administrative leave and subsequently fired when she made a simple request to students: speak English. Now that the gag order has expired, Lacey is speaking out about what happened that day, dispelling rumors that she banned Spanish from the school’s campus. “I informed students it would be best to speak English in the classrooms to the extent possible, in order to help prepare them for [state] tests,” she wrote in a letter to the Houston Chronicle explaining her side of the story. “It is...
  • "This Is Alabama; We Speak English" Governor Candidate Says

    04/29/2010 3:28:22 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies · 1,015+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com/ ^ | April 29, 2010 | Liz Goodwin
    Amid a national debate over Arizona's tough new immigration law, Republican Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James (and son of previous Gov. Fob James) vows in a new campaign ad that if he's elected, he'll give the state driver's license exam only in English, as a cost-saving measure. "This is Alabama; we speak English," he says in the ad. "If you want to live here, learn it."
  • The case for extending a helping hand

    04/22/2010 8:10:06 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 109+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 04/22/2010 | Eddie V. Garcia
    Yes, learning a new language was difficult. Easier for me as a child and harder for my parents, but their drive for a better life fueled the need and those difficult days of hard work and the struggles as an immigrant and struggles learning a new language. Human nature tells us to set aside or give up on what is difficult. We may come back to it, but it sure is easier to keep putting it off. There is nothing wrong with helping another person. But to me, helping is giving them a nudge. Giving them the tools for them...
  • Al Qaeda's New Strategy, You Are Bombing America---SPEAK ENGLISH!

    02/14/2010 10:46:38 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 385+ views
    The Lid/Washington Times ^ | 2/15/2010 | The Lid
    Like it or not, one of the advantages that al Qaeda does have is an ability to change strategy without their leaders mulling it over for four months, the way President Obama did when he was trying to figure out Afghanistan. The Washington Times is reporting that during the underwear bombers second wave of talking he admitted meeting some other English Speakers at terrorism school in Yemen. Thank goodness his parents talking him into speaking, because this was all well after he shut up upon being read his Miranda rights.
  • Their Future Is Ours [Next Cultural Tsunami: 75% And More BELOW 85th % In English Proficiency!]

    11/17/2009 8:40:53 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 867+ views
    NYTimes ^ | November 17th, 2009
    EDITORIAL November 16, 2009 There are 16 million children in immigrant families in the United States, one of the fastest-growing segments of the population. It’s an old American story made new (snip) when waves of human displacement in recent decades have led to immigration on a scale not seen since Ellis Island. But a country that has been so good for so long at integrating new Americans is stumbling under the challenge. That is the conclusion of Professors Marcelo and Carola Suárez-Orozco, fellows at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and co-directors of immigration studies at New York University....
  • Study: English-learning too slow in LA schools

    10/29/2009 11:39:02 PM PDT · by ruination · 14 replies · 834+ views
    AP via San Jose Mercury News ^ | Oct. 28, 2009 | Amy Taxin
    LOS ANGELES—More than a quarter of English learners don't make it into mainstream classes by the eighth grade in Los Angeles and most of those who don't were born in the United States, according to a study released Wednesday. The study by Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Southern California showed 29 percent of English learners in the Los Angeles Unified School District were still in these classes in the eighth grade. More than half of these students were born in the United States and were in classes for English learners for more than eight years. "They're staying...
  • Man Booed at Town Hall for Asking Question in Spanish - Video

    09/07/2009 1:00:03 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 25 replies · 2,174+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 07, 2009 | Michael
    Here is video of a man being booed when he asked a question in Spanish at a town hall meeting. (Watch Video)
  • How Obamacare’s mandated pg 91 line 4-7 “translation services” can spark a Second Civil War

    08/17/2009 6:06:02 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 23 replies · 2,273+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | August 17, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” This is the simple but powerful text of the 10th Amendment to our Constitution. The first impression a reading of Obamacare’s scheme brings to mind are the many blatant violations of the 10th Amendment it contains. One such violation is the demand that ALL medical service providers and facilities be compelled to include on staff translators able to render “language-appropriate services” in potentially hundred of languages. Page 91 lines 4 – 7...
  • Mulitple Bills To Make English The Official Language

    08/11/2009 4:12:56 AM PDT · by Man50D · 8 replies · 778+ views
    Here's the link to the bills making English the official language. English First
  • Pro 8 News Exclusive: Interim Martin principal says English is top priority[Laredo, Texas HS]

    07/15/2009 11:48:51 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 10 replies · 683+ views
    Pro 8 News ^ | Jul 15, 2009 | Ray Gomez
    It's no secret that Martin High School has been in trouble academically for several years. In fact, the state has threatened to take the school over if things don't change. Some say it's so bad that most students are having a tough time graduating, let alone getting ready for college. That’s why interim principal Dr. Severita Sanchez has been put in place. As our Concetta Callahan reports she's ready to get Martin High on the right track by having students speak English. Dr. Sanchez says her team has already started working on a plan of action because she says there...
  • End Is Near in a Fight on Teaching of English

    05/19/2009 8:32:41 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 574+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 19, 2009 | Tamar Lewin
    ... Next month, after 17 years of litigation, the United States Supreme Court will rule on the Flores case, deciding whether Arizona is complying with federal laws requiring public schools to teach children to speak English. The case has been long and tangled, splitting state officials along party lines. In 2000, a district court ruled that the state’s financing for English language learners was not “reasonably calculated” to cover the extra costs of educating them, and ordered the district to come up with a better plan. Last year, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the...
  • Times Celebrates Defeat Of English Ballot Measure

    01/28/2009 8:06:11 AM PST · by AIM Freeper · 11 replies · 460+ views
    Boycott The New York Times ^ | January 28, 2009 | Don Feder
    In announcing the defeat of a measure to make English Nashville’s official language, The New York Times could barely contain its glee. In a special election last week, the proposed ordinance — which would have required city workers to speak English on the job — “drew only 43.5 percent” of the vote, The Times reported. In other words, only 43.5 percent of the city’s residents are so bigoted, intolerant and hateful as to expect immigrants to learn our native tongue. Hooray for diversity. Typical of what The Times considers balanced coverage, the story only quotes opponents, like Nashville Mayor Karl...

    01/23/2009 6:00:59 AM PST · by andrew roman · 23 replies · 537+ views
    Roman Around ^ | 23 January 2009 | Andrew Roman
    The city of Nashville, Tennessee has decided that it will not become an English-only city. Yesterday, voters there gave a thumbs-down to a proposal - called "English First" - that proponents say would have not only united the city but saved money. It would have mandated that the government there conduct its daily affairs in English.Opponents say becoming an English-only city could have given Nashville a "bad reputation."From the Associated Press via Fox News: Business leaders, academics, religious leaders, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Gov. Phil Bredesen argued the measure would tarnish the city's welcoming image, harm tourism and business...
  • 83 % Say Getting Immigrants To Speak English Is Higher Priority Than Creating Bilingual America

    07/10/2008 6:58:39 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 106 replies · 158+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 7/10/2008 | Staff
    Scott Rasmussen points to these striking results: Barack Obama said yesterday that "instead of worrying whether immigrants can learn English," Americans "need to make sure your child can speak Spanish." A national telephone survey conducted last month by Rasmussen Reports found that U.S. voters overwhelmingly disagree with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Eighty-three percent (83%) place a higher priority on encouraging immigrants to speak English... ... A reader noted this is among the pieces of information that voters in Ohio, Pennsylvania and MIchigan need to hear before they make their decision in November.
  • English First: Why is Senator Obama Ashamed of Our American Language?

    07/09/2008 8:31:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies · 289+ views
    WSJ Market Watch ^ | July 9, 2008 | Jim Boulet, Jr., English First Executive Director
    English First Executive Director Jim Boulet, Jr., today called upon Senator Barack Obama to reconsider his anti-English statements. Senator Obama has voted against official English four times in 2006 and 2007 and earned an "F" rating for English First in 2006. "Senator Obama, there are plenty of languages spoken in America. What makes Spanish so special, instead of, say, Chinese or Arabic," said Jim Boulet, Jr., Executive Director of English First. "What next, Senator? Will you be saying that too many Americans are bitterly clinging to our English language? Why does it seem you are always looking down your nose...
  • FCC considers stealthy 'Fairness Doctrine'

    05/27/2008 6:40:42 AM PDT · by rface · 39 replies · 245+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 5/27/2008 | Chad Groening
    An English-language advocate is encouraging citizens to sign a petition expressing opposition to proposed new regulations by the FCC that would amount to a backdoor Fairness Doctrine. In a 2007 report, an ultra-liberal think tank known as The Center for American Progress issued a report called "The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio." Jim Boulet of English First says its agenda was to cleverly recast the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" by using the term "localism." "In 2007, they issued a report in which they bragged that if they could get more women and minorities to own stations, there'd be fewer stations...
  • Catholic School Sued over "English Only" Policy

    05/22/2008 12:17:08 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 28 replies · 203+ views
    CJ Online ^ | May 20, '08 | Associated Press
    (Wichita) Four Hispanic families are suing St. Anne's Catholic School over a policy that requires students to speak English at all times while at school. The lawsuit, filed Monday, calls for an end to this policy and asks for an order barring similar policies at other diocese schools. And it asks for court costs and unspecified damages for diiscrimination and emotional suffering. The lawsuit was filed by Mike and Clara Silva, Maria and Fermin Fernandez, Guadalupe Cruz-Tello and Alma Contreras on behalf of themselves and their minor children. The diocese said the school enacted the policy in response to four...
  • Tancredo commended for boycotting Spanish language GOP debate

    12/11/2007 2:25:30 PM PST · by fweingart · 26 replies · 165+ views
    OneNewsNow.com ^ | December 11, 2007 | Chad Groening
    An English language advocate is praising Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo for boycotting a recent Spanish language debate with his fellow GOP hopefuls. The debate was held on the University of Miami campus on Sunday and was broadcast on the Spanish language network Univision. Candidates' responses, spoken in English, were simultaneously translated into Spanish. Congressman Tancredo (R-Colorado) was the only GOP candidate who turned down an invitation to attend the debate, saying his fellow candidates were "encouraging violation of the law" by taking part. Tancredo -- who has made a tough stand on illegal immigration the centerpiece of his campaign...
  • Immigrants' children grow fluent in English, study says

    11/30/2007 10:44:02 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 34 replies · 71+ views
    LA Times ^ | 30 November 2007 | Anna Gorman,
    study released Thursday by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, reports that in families like the Peredas, for whom Spanish is the dominant language among immigrant parents, English fluency increases across generations. By the third generation, Spanish has essentially faded into the background. Latinos recognize that learning English is key to economic success, according to the study, which was based on survey data collected between 2002 and 2007. "The ability to speak English is a crucial skill for getting a good job and integrating into the wider society," said D'Vera Cohn, a senior writer at...
  • (GA) Officers tackle language barriers

    09/29/2007 6:12:13 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 37 replies · 118+ views
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | September 29, 2007 | Ryan Harris
    DALTON, Ga. -- A worker at a Hispanic bakery said it was just a natural reaction when she bolted to the back of the building as soon as she saw a Dalton police cruiser pull into the parking lot. The woman's fear of law enforcement quickly subsided when Officer Abraham Chiesa entered the store and began talking with bakery workers in Spanish. As Officer Chiesa left, he gave police badge stickers to a group of children, and the bakery workers insisted he and his guests take slices of chocolate flan. Breaking the language barrier and gaining the trust of the...
  • English-only signs in Merrimack

    08/10/2007 5:56:08 AM PDT · by wilco200 · 37 replies · 1,280+ views
    The Manchester Union Leader ^ | 8/10/07 | JIM KOZUBEK
    MERRIMACK – Latino people remain free and welcome to come swimming at Naticook Lake at Wasserman Park, but they are not going to find any Spanish-language signs to tell them the park rules. The town council last night voted 5-0-0 to update the park rules only in the English language, ending a two-week debate that captured national attention and hit at such nerves as public access and immigration. Finlay Rothhaus, whose grandfather immigrated from Germany in 1921, was the councilor who made the initial objection to the Spanish-language signs, and explained his line of thought to the public last night...
  • Mind your language at Geno's

    06/30/2007 3:09:22 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies · 935+ views
    BBC ^ | 06/30/07 | James Coomarasamy
    The collapse of President Bush's recent immigration reform was partly fuelled by fears that the English language was under threat from Spanish. But as one food stall owner in Philadelphia illustrates, English has some unlikely champions.
  • Message to Santa Ana: For a Better Job, Learn English

    05/26/2007 10:45:54 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies · 925+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, May 26, 2007 | Sonya Geis
    SANTA ANA, Calif. -- "Two jobs?" blares a poster at a bus shelter here. The words are in Spanish over a picture of a tired-looking Hispanic woman in a janitor's uniform. "Work and Work but You Still Can't Get Ahead?" reads another ad on a bus shelter down the street. At the bottom, the small print: "Free English classes . . . in 60 locations. The ads are part of an unusual campaign by the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce to spur the city's 150,000 immigrants to learn English. Here in the most Latino big city in the country --...
  • Maryland and Illegal Aliens

    02/26/2007 4:23:34 PM PST · by AuH2O · 19 replies · 894+ views
    none | 02-26-2007 | Andrew Schmidt
    Maryland and illegal aliens Hello all the wacky Democrat members of the Maryland General Assembly are at it again.  They want to give lawbreaking illegal alien kids instate tuition to attend the University of Maryland.  This is an outrage I for one who’d grandparents came from Germany in 1950 the right way, btw am I the only one who seems to think amnesty and turning a blind eye to illegal aliens, is a slap in the face to all immigrants who came over the right way? Before I get carried away with my rant I want to ask two things...
  • Napolitano avoids Dean during Phoenix visit

    05/19/2005 10:45:07 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 7 replies · 707+ views
    The Business Journal of Phoenix ^ | - 4:31 PM MST Wednesday | Mike Sunnucks
    Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean was in Phoenix Wednesday but the state's top Democrat -- Gov. Janet Napolitano-- steered clear of the liberal bulldog during his Arizona visit. Dean addressed a rally hosted by the Young Democrats of Arizona and attended by state Democratic Party chairman Jim Pederson. Pederson is a shopping mall developer and is considering a challenge next year to GOP U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl. But the head of the Democratic ticket, Napolitano, was not at the Dean appearance and had no meetings scheduled with the former Vermont governor and vanquished 2004 presidential candidate. Napolitano spokeswoman Jeanine...
  • HEADS UP CALIFORNIANS! Illegal Alien Driver's License Bill Set for Hearing Tomorrow

    05/18/2005 8:55:00 PM PDT · by kellynla · 64 replies · 2,140+ views
    Save Our License.com ^ | may 17, 2005 | Save Our License.com
    Senator Gil Cedillo's bill to give California driver's licenses to illegal aliens is set to be heard in the Senate Transportation & Housing Committee this Thursday. Please take time today to contact the committee members and ask them to oppose this bill. more information available at www.saveourlicense.com email all of the committee members (except for Maldonado, Runner & Simitian who don't use public email addresses. Use our website to contact them.)
  • McCain backs off migrant claim

    05/18/2005 8:31:33 AM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 36 replies · 1,367+ views
    East Valley Tribune.com ^ | Ryan Gabrielson
    "If we went down to the Camelback Inn today in Phoenix and arrested everyone who’s working there illegally, the place would probably shut down," McCain was quoted as saying in The Hill, a nonpartisan newspaper covering politics in the nation’s capitol.
  • McCain/Kennedy Expected to Unveil New Guestworker/Amnesty Legislation

    05/16/2005 5:26:41 PM PDT · by yoe · 42 replies · 3,249+ views
    FAIR ^ | May 16, 2005 | Staff
    On May 12, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Representatives Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced companion guestworker amnesty bills, S. 1033 and H.R. 2330. The text of this legislation is not yet available, but here's what we've learned this legislation entails. Millions of currently resident illegal aliens would be permitted to buy guestworker status for a fee of $1,000. After the first three year term they could apply for three year extensions (for another $1000), and in the meantime, apply for green cards. After six years they would be eligible for permanent residency, which...

    05/16/2005 10:13:58 AM PDT · by Irontank · 24 replies · 1,617+ views
    -- “Illegal Aliens should be rounded up and deported.” LONEGAN NEWS CONFERENCE TO PROTEST “DRIVING PRIVILEGE” LICENSES FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS LODI -- Bogota Mayor and GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Lonegan will hold a news conference at 12 noon, Monday, May 16, 2005 to protest proposed “driving privilege” licenses so illegal aliens can drive cars “legally.” WHERE? Outside Lodi DMV, 8 Mill Street (off Garibaldi Ave.), Lodi WHEN? Noon, TODAY, Monday, May 16, 2005. WHAT? Lonegan will also urge State Republican Chairman Tom Wilson to withdraw his support for the “driving privilege” driver’s license for illegal aliens as expressed in a...
  • Lawlessness: The Solution to Anarchy! (Fighting Crime the McCain/Kennedy Way)

    05/16/2005 6:49:05 AM PDT · by hinterlander · 14 replies · 890+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | May 16, 2005 | Mac Johnson
    According to the FBI, every 14.6 seconds one burglary is committed in America. The primary reason behind this disturbing fact is that it remains illegal to take other people’s stuff. Even if you really, really need other people’s stuff to enjoy a better life for you and your children, you are not “supposed” to take it under current rules. But what choice do tens of thousands of Americans have? Likewise, there are millions of items that –when new and un-stolen-- have prices that most Americans are simply not willing to pay. We all benefit from theft, yet it remains illegal....
  • Taking illegals for a spin [Mulshine exposes NJ GOP Chair as a dastardly RINO!]

    05/16/2005 6:53:28 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 13 replies · 852+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 5/15/2005 | Paul Mulshine
    Taking illegals for a spin I got a press release the other day from one of those liberal interest groups. The release called for New Jersey to start issuing driver's licenses to illegal aliens.......Following is the release. Notice how the writer artfully makes a radical idea seem acceptable to mainstream Americans. I am an expert in decoding political spin, so I have put in brackets my explanations of just how the spin doctor operates. Here goes: "The REAL ID Act of 2005 has now been passed by both houses of Congress and is poised for the President's signature. New Jersey...
  • English-instruction dispute may doom entire state budget

    05/14/2005 12:54:40 PM PDT · by AZHua87 · 6 replies · 544+ views
    Arizona Daily Star - CAPITOL MEDIA SERVICES ^ | May 15, 2005 | Howard Fischer
    PHOENIX - Gov. Janet Napolitano said Friday she might veto the state's entire $8.2 billion budget over a dispute with the Republican-controlled Legislature on funding to teach English. A veto would force the Legislature, which adjourned about 1:15 Friday morning after 123 days, to return in a special session. Napolitano said the budget deal negotiated with the GOP leadership a week earlier included an "understanding" that Republicans "would sit down and negotiate a Flores resolution with the Democrats." That refers to a 14-year-old lawsuit in which a federal judge ruled Arizona was not meeting its legal obligation to provide adequate...
  • Arizona GOP hits Napolitano on immigration issues

    05/11/2005 4:29:32 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 26 replies · 1,039+ views
    The Business Journal ^ | Mike Sunnucks
    Gov. Janet Napolitano defended her immigration record Wednesday amid criticism of several recent vetoes and increasing expectations the GOP will paint her as weak on border issues in next year's election. Last year, Napolitano opposed Proposition 200, which denies welfare benefits to illegals and was approved by voters. She also favors allowing illegal immigrants to receive state driver's licenses. This year the Democrat has vetoed several conservative immigration-related bills this year including measures: * Requiring federal, state or tribal identification to be presented in order to receive government services. * Tightening up identification requirements for prospective voters. * Making English...
  • Marilyn Quayle, GOP discussing AZ gubernatorial race

    05/10/2005 3:56:26 PM PDT · by hsmomx3 · 18 replies · 646+ views
    The Business Journal ^ | Mike Sunnucks
    Marilyn Quayle is talking to top Arizona Republicans regarding a possible run for governor next year, sources tell The Business Journal. Mrs. Quayle -- an attorney and the wife of former vice president Dan Quayle -- has had recent meetings with Republican congressional members and top party leaders regarding a challenge to incumbent Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano. Top state and national Republicans and some of their business allies are heavily recruiting Quayle or Surgeon General Richard Carmona for a run against Napolitano. Quayle and Carmona are considered the GOP's best shots at knocking off Napolitano next year. Several other top...
  • Non-Mexican immigrants pour into Valley

    05/08/2005 4:18:15 AM PDT · by Boston Blackie · 30 replies · 891+ views
    The Brownsville Herald ^ | May 8, 2005 | SERGIO CHAPA
    May 8, 2005 — Brazilians, Central Americans and others are expected to overtake Mexican nationals as the largest group of undocumented immigrants entering the Rio Grande Valley. Although some federal authorities said the demographic shift has already happened, figures given to The Brownsville Herald this month show the number of OTM (Other Than Mexicans) immigrants detained in Deep South Texas has exploded in the last two years but remains slightly behind the number of Mexican nationals.
  • A Challenge for the all "illegal Immigration" obsessed freepers.

    01/31/2005 8:31:00 PM PST · by jveritas · 502 replies · 6,066+ views
    <p>In the last three months the obsessed minority of freepers but very vocal who hate President Bush have been bombarding us with every illegal immigration thread under the sun so they have their "BASH BUSH ORGY".</p> <p>Pick up your phone and report to the INS about an illegal immigrant and his employer. I am sure you know at least one illegal immigrant who works in a convenient store, on a gas station, clean the garbage in your office, clean the bathroom at your work place... And I am sure you know one of these employers who hire illegal immigrants. Go ahead Mucho Guys, do your duty and report them to the INS. Let us see how courageous you are and let us see your action following your rhetoric.</p>
  • *VANITY* City of Houston BARC-ing Up Wrong Side of Bilingual Tree (?)

    03/10/2003 8:53:13 AM PST · by LincolnLover · 15 replies · 167+ views
    -- ^ | 03-10-2003 | Self
    A small yet interesting blurb about my recent call to the COH Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC). Cute acronym aside, BARC has an interesting twist to it's automated telephone service. Upon calling the number, the listener is instructed to "Press 1" in order to continue listening in English. If no keystrokes are pushed, the system automatically switches to Spanish. I'm not raving mad or anything here, but it does come across as a bit...odd, to say the least. Are other city agencies following this "Spanish-first" telephone policy? Does this exist outside of Houston or Texas?