Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Immigrants Urged To Learn English

A California city business organization has began an $4.6M effort to advocate and support immigrants learning English.

The campaign in Santa Ana, where more than three-quarters of residents are Hispanic and less than 15 percent speak English at home, offers free language classes at a community college and take-home study kits.

"Employers have been coming to us saying: 'Look, we don't have enough people to hire that speak English," said Dale Ward, executive vice president of the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce.

"Two-thirds of our workforce does not qualify for an entry-level job in growth industries because they do not speak English or do not speak English well enough."

Emphasis Added.

It simply boils down to the fact that without English there are many jobs that you cannot perform. This limits upward mobility within the community and the level of success that you and your children could obtain.

Also to the point should the work force not meet the demands of the employers, the jobs will be moved by the company owners to locations that have the workforce with the requisite skills. This means that all the jobs that support those companies would dissappear as well. This would eventually lead to the elimination of jobs that do not require English proficiency as their customer base relocated.

What we have when immigrants are not encouraged to assimilate and learn the language, laws and customs of the land is the creation of second class citizens, forever locked into menial tasks and the welfare system. These individuals live at the margins of society dependent upon low skilled work and government hand outs to survive. This increases friction with the community at large. Look to France, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and other Western European nations for the results of immigration without assimilation; civil war is on the horizon.

Remember its the American melting pot that we learned of in school as children. Americans can be from any place on Earth and are tied together by the principles as laid down in the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Come to the United States of America, bring your desire to be free and work hard. Learn the de facto language of the land (English), understand the legal and cultural underpinnings of our society and bring the unique and special portions of your culture to be included. It as American as lamb at Easter, Apple Pie on the fourth of july, Bratwurst in the summer time, turkey and lasagna at Thanksgiving, tamale's at Christmas and black eyed peas for the New Year.

Hat Tip to Drudge Report.

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