An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
During committee testimony this week in Austin, a Texas senator interrupted a Spanish speaker telling him he should “be speaking in English” during a committee hearing.
Antolin Aguirre of the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition was testifying against Senate Bill 9 that would help crack down on illegal immigrants in Texas. Aguirre spoke through an interpreter even though he had been in the U.S. since 1988.
Two minutes into Antolin Aguirre’s testimony, Sen. Chris Harris, a Republican from Arlington, interrupted asking Aguirre’s interrupter, “Did I understand him correctly that he has been here since 1988?” Harris asked. “Why aren’t you speaking in English then?”
23 years, and he can’t be bothered to learn the language of the land? Did he come legally? Did he go through proper channels? Did he become a citizen, by choice? If so, then why hasn’t he learned the language of his home? Unless, of course, he doesn’t consider this to be home. In that case….get the hell out!
“It is insulting to us,” Sen. Harris fired back. “It is very insulting. And if he knows English, he needs to be speaking in English.”
Insulting is an understatement! That “immigrant rights” bs is also quite insulting! You immigrate, you become a citizen, you are no longer an immigrant. And they aren’t really talking about REAL immigrants, are they. It’s all about the criminals, isn’t it. You know the ones. They sneak in the back door, flop themselves down in the living room and expect YOU to cook dinner.
Millions of people have come to this land in hopes of making a better life for themselves. They learn the language, they adapt to their new surroundings, and become part of their new home. It was called a ‘melting pot’. We all blended together to become the greatest nation on the planet. My own adopted grandparents among them. The came, learned the language, started businesses, had families, sons who fought in wars to protect their homeland, with pride.
In recent years, thanks to the stupidity of a few, there are now two groups that come here, believing the country should change for THEIR benefit. There are 2 groups who apparently don’t believe adapting to their new country is important. Evidently, the country is suppose to adapt to them. Take a wild guess which two groups. One want to change the law, and the other wants to break it.
The Texas bill, SB 9, puts an end to sanctuary cities. And who has a problem with this? Well, those same people who refuse to learn the language, and believe it’s ok to break the law. They think it will cause discrimination. But what actually causes discrimination is THEIR refusal to adhere to the law. Honestly, few in this country care where you came from originally. Oh sure, there are some who have a problem with EVERYBODY, and anybody who is different. Can’t do much about that. But for those who have come through the front door, and made the effort to adapt, the majority of Americans have no problem, no matter your skin color, or your accent, or place of origin, you are more than welcome.
Now learn the damn language!
H/T: Frank…an immigrant!