Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Assimilation 101

Immigration: A large group of House Republicans have called for ballots to be
printed only in English. It would send a much-needed message to every immigrant. Last week, speaking at the White House's Cinco de Mayo celebration,
President Bush noted that "America has thrived as a nation because we've always
welcomed newcomers, who in turn embrace our values and our way of life."
He quickly added, "Those who come here to start new lives in our country have a responsibility to understand what America is about and the responsibility to learn the English language so they can better nderstand our national character and participate fully in American life."
This week, Steve King, R-Iowa, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, will propose that the panel let the language assistance provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act expire. That law was amended in 1975 to require some areas to provide bilingual ballots.
In a letter to Chairman James Sensenbrenner, King and 55 other House Republicans
complained that the law's multilingual provisions "encourage the linguistic division of our nation and contradict the 'melting pot' ideal that has made us the most successful multiethnic nation on earth." Non-English ballots, they said, are "a serious affront to generations of immigrants past and present that have made great sacrifices to learn English."
King's letter also showed how multilingual balloting can undermine the election process. This happened at six voting sites in Queens, N.Y., in 2000, when several thousand voters used Chinese ballots that actually had the names of the political parties reversed.
King cites two General Accounting Office studies showing that in many cases the
bilingual ballots are hardly used, yet hundreds of counties are required to
waste millions in local taxpayer dollars to have such materials available on
Election Day. Los Angeles County alone had to spend over $2 million in the 2004
election providing ballots in seven languages.
King and his colleagues say multilingual ballots "divide our country, increase the risk of voter error and fraud, and burden local taxpayers." King is sponsor of the English Language Unity Act, which would make English the official language of the U.S., an idea polls show has strong support among immigrants themselves.
The American motto "E Pluribus Unum" — "out of many, one" — is the perfect maxim for immigrants who find success and happiness in the Land of Opportunity. But while the "Pluribus" refers to ethnicity, creed and places of origin, the "Unum"
always has and always must reflect our common American culture and nationality.
"We have but one flag," Theodore Roosevelt once said. "We must also learn one language, and that language is English."

I apologize for not writing about this article, but I loved it so I thought I'd put it out here. Lately, my teachers have been drilling all of the students. Personally, I think they're struggling to get all of the curriculum finished before the end of the year. Only a month more of school!


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At 3:36 PM, Blogger FLORIAN said...

Ok Kat, you're starting to sound like an insensitive "racist". J/K. You have clear eyes no doubt. But Republicans have been traitors as far as this immigration bill goes. They want to try to negotiate and "compromise". What fools! This is our country, we make the rules, we can say who can come and who can't. RIGHT? Gosh, these mexicanos make me so mad........

At 12:42 AM, Blogger Me said...

Wean yourself by Jelaludin Rumi

Little by little, wean yourself.
This is the gist of what I have to say.

From an embryo, whose nourishment comes in the blood,
move to an infant drinking milk,
to a child on solid food,
to a searcher after wisdom,
to a hunter of more invisible game.

Think how it is to have a conversation with an embryo.
You might say, "The world outside is vast and intricate. There are wheatfields and mountain passes,
and orchards in bloom.

At night there are millions of galaxies, and in sunlight the beauty of friends dancing at a wedding."

You ask the embryo why he, or she, stays cooped up
in the dark with eyes closed.

Listen to the answer.

There is no "other world." I only know what I've experienced. You must be hallucinating.

Wean yourself from Empire, kat. Try to have some compassion for those that are less privileged than you. Remember the words of Jesus, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:40)

At 12:56 PM, Blogger 3pillars said...

Having "compassion for those that are less privileged than you" is a noble act. However, you must also take into consideration what the consequences will be. It is foolish to commit suicide (even culturally) so that you can be compasionate to someone whose intentions are not exactly compassionate towards you.

At 1:11 AM, Blogger Me said...

Matthew (5:38-48)

At 6:25 AM, Blogger conservativekat said...

You choose to manipulate the Bible. Shame.

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