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2007.06.16

Immigration – The New Slavery

The trend over the past several decades, and becoming even more pronounced within the last five years or so, is to push immigration as essentially an Hispanic issue much like slavery in the mid 1800’s and civil rights issues in the mid 1900’s were, rightfully so, essentially a black issue. The American Idle appear to be swallowing this presentation without so much as a gag reflex. Consider this report from Fox News:

[California Gov. Arnold] Schwarzenegger, who immigrated to the U.S. from Austria, recently told a group of Hispanic journalists that immigrants should stay away from Spanish-language television, books and newspapers.

“You’ve got to turn off the Spanish television set,” Schwarzenegger said Wednesday night at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in San Jose, Calif. “You’re just forced to speak English, and that just makes you learn the language faster.”

This has upset many in the Hispanic community, including Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), who called Schwarzenegger’s idea a “typical sound bite solution to an important issue” and complained of long waiting lists (up to three years) to get into language classes.

Why aren’t the Hispanic businesses involved with communication (radio, TV, print) including English lessons, however minimal and brief, into their normal content? I’m thinking stuff like “English word for the day” or half hour languages classes or Sesame Street broadcast in Spanish followed by a repeat in English. I would predict Rep. Sanchez would require a subsidy to any business that would consider such bilingual presentations because, God forbid, they might actually take the initiative themselves for the good of their community. Hell, she doesn’t even like the idea of them doing something as simple as turning off the TV or changing channels.

So. Do you suppose there is anything, anything at all, the immigrants can be doing while they’re waiting? Rep. Sanchez’ knee-jerk sound bite solution is that nothing can be done until the State fixes it. And then there is this:

A Hispanic advocacy group said Schwarzenegger’s comments show his “ignorance on immigration issues.”

As Glenn Reynolds notes:

Because what would Arnold know about people who come from a different land, raised in another language, who want to make a life for themselves in America?

Don’t you get it Glenn? Schwarzenegger’s immigration doesn’t count because he’s not Hispanic. It doesn’t help that he did it legally, either.


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