What do you think about the Texas senator telling the Mexican to speak English?

I mean the guy has been here for 23 years. Probably time to learn the language.


  1. I think the Senator said what many of us are already thinking. If you are here in this country, then learn to speak the common language. English, por favor!

  2. 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

    Henery Hawk
  3. Cuz he’s a dick. If you read the article, the guy does speak English, but since it’s not his first language and this was something that was important and because it’s hard to translate certain issues, he felt more comfortable using his language, which there is no law against doing.

  4. No one said he didn’t know how to speak English. He said he was more comfortable speaking Spanish to make sure his testimony was clear and understandable.

  5. As I understand it, the guy could speak English but he was afraid it wasn’t good enough to properly express the statement he wanted to make before the judge. While I wholeheartedly agree that immigrants should learn the language, it is unrealistic to expect everyone to be as eloquent as they might be in their native language.

    In THIS situation, I think the judge was out of line.

  6. My friends grandfather who died a while back, was a WW2 veteran on the german side… he’s been here since the war and never learned English.

  7. There is no official language and Spanish is not a foreign language, the Spaniards were the first to reach that area and the first to "settle" it and America pretty much. If people really loved America they would speak all the settlers languages French, Spanish, and Portuguese and Dutch and English. So I think he is just an asshole that is too dumb to learn two languages.


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