Legal or illegal Mexican immigrants: shouldn’t they learn English?

I’m sick of hearing "You need to learn Spanish because there are so many Spanish speaking people here." Why should the U.S. spend billions of dollars a year for foreign language studies, particularly Spanish, if the Mexicans are coming here? Just because there’s an influx of illegal Mexicans jumping the border, we have to emphasize on Spanish?? I don’t think the Mexican government would be so kind if many Americans moved to Mexico. They probably wouldnt stress English studies just to better comfort Americans living in their own country. Shouldn’t immigrants be required to know basic English, instead of virtually requiring the American population to learn their language?
Although it is good to know Spanish, it shouldn’t be the preferred language to learn? For example, many parents in the U.S. make their kids learn spansh BECAUSE of the influx of mexicans here. it’s nonsense to accomodate foreigners(many illegal) so royally. I want to learn Italian, but no, Spanish will be better for my future because of this issue
you don’t understand; I acknowledge that is better for my future and in some cases I will be payed more, but my point is that shouldn’t be!
It shoudn’t be that Spanish in particular will help me the most in my future; it shouldn’t be that knowing particularly Spanish will earn me a higher paycheck, it shouldn’t be that Mexican immigrants are influencing America so much!

By the way, for another person, if knowing basic English was made an actual amendment, wouldn’t it be a clean slate? The politicians wouldn’t be able get the advantage from the immigrants that way.
Although not all spanish speaking people are mexicans, can you tell me that if there were no illegal mexicans in the us, spanish would still be as popular in the us? no, you cant. I just think that if the mexican immigrants were finally kept at a limit, and the borders were enforced, the mexicans in the us wouldnt be able to say "there are so many of us here, so that’s why you guys should learn our language instead of french, italian, chinese, etc. but whatever, i’ve decided to stop added on to this post because after reading the feedback, I’ve begun to realize that any argument in favor of the mexicans can be struck down with a counterexample just as valid, if not more valid than the original. It’s just not right that so many mexicans are in our country, and even more so that we are accomodating them, despite whether or not english is hard to learn. WE live here now, and have lived here for the past centuries, so either respect where you’re invading or get out please!

12 Comments

  1. Well, In Canada we have to learn French and nobody speaks French except in the province of Quebec. So yeah we have the same problems as you Americans have with Spanish. Yeah it sucks, but think of this Mexicans lived in America before Christopher Columbus came and the British took over. So it’s kind of the pride thing. Same with Canada except we should learn Aboriginal language since they were here first before the French. Also another factor is there are more Aboriginal people rather than French.

    Canadian Sugar Babe
  2. Yeah I think immigrants should be required to know basic English but I think you should be happy to be learning a foreign language ’cause languages are a really important thing,they’re like a key to a locked door.If you go to Spain for example you’ll see that they wont speak in English because’you’re in Spain and you’ll have to speak Spanish’

    the_white_owl2004
  3. If they need to learn it for their job or school than yes, but if their employers or costumers also speak spanish than I don’t see the necessity.

    Fernando
  4. YES!! I’ve traveled and/or lived in over 10 countries from Africa to Latin America and I NEVER expected them to learn English for me. Also, my European ancestors didn’t expect the US to change to their language – they learned English.

    I think it comes down to the politicians want this very large voting block that will one day, likely, be citizens. Not to mention, Latinos are very well connected in their communities so the legal and illegals are, many times, related or associated and the politicians also know this. The politicians wouldn’t risk alienating any of them.

    LEI
  5. YES THEY SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO LEARN ENGLISH! BUT SPANISH IS REALLY EASY TO LEARN I THINK THAT’S WHY MANY PEOPLE WANT TO LEARN IT NOT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO TREAT MEXICANS LIKE ROYALTY NOT ONLY MEXICANS SPEAK SPANISH YOU KNOW… I THINK MANY AGREE WITH ME WHEN I SAY THAT THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS VERY DIFFICULT FROM PRONUNCIATION TO WRITTING AND SPANISH IS VERY EASY TO LEARN SO THEN WE HAVE MANY PEOPLE WHO JUST LEARN SPANISH

    v.i.r.i
  6. There is one spanish speaker at my work and he cleans the building when all the Americans leave at night. I dont think he gets paid extra for knowing spanish but he understands when I put a sign on my food saying "dont throw out."

    Matthew G
  7. Hello! I think is very important speak English in this country.

    But the Constitution of United States say: "This country don’t have official language"

    N_e_T_x
  8. Illegals should NOT be required to learn English. First of all, organized language classes should not be available to them – they are criminals….

    Secondly, the illegals inability to speak good English assists the authorities in finding them and deporting them. This is good.

    Legal immigrants should be required to learn basic English. It is customary for citizens to be conversant in the majority language of the country in which they live.

    Huero

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