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  •  I'm OK with requiring some English skills (0+ / 0-)

    as long as their are waivers for disabled, old folks, etc.  

    I do wish we required a second language to graduate from high school.  The problem is not requiring immigrants to learn some English, the problem is that most of the rest of us don't speak a damn bit of Spanish.  Given history and culture, I think everyone in North America (Mexico, US and Canada) should be able to manage basic conversation in at least two of the following three languages:  English, Spanish or French.  Take your pick.  Most Europeans do this naturally. We can too, provided we start teaching languages early enough.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 01:03:50 PM PDT

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    •  English language ability is REQUIRED for (1+ / 0-)
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      citizenship applications, BTW.  There are exceptions for older folks, but it is required.  NO SUCH REQUIREMENT for LPR status, however.

      Mix the blood and make new people!

      by Yonkers Boy on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 01:43:39 PM PDT

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      •  oh I know (1+ / 0-)
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        I also know that it's possible to get a waiver.  I know an old Somali woman who was granted a waiver.. made no sense to try to force her to learn English.

        My wider point is that we all ought to be bilingual... I'm not offended by requiring it of immigrants, it's just that what's good for an immigrant is good for a native-born citizen.

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 01:48:59 PM PDT

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