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    “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    During committee testimony this week in Austin, a Texas senator interrupted a Spanish speaker and 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?"


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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Being completely incapable of learning a second language myself, I can sympathize with the gentleman, assuming he has the same issue. Even if he doesn't, he may have been concerned that poor mastery or a thick accent might distract from what he was trying to explain to the committee.

    On a separate note, there is nothing wrong with this bill. The idea that it violates the "rights" if an illegal alien or leads to profiling are ridiculous. Citizenship status is checked in relation to being arrested in the commission of a crime, or in suspicion of having committed a crime.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Being completely incapable of learning a second language myself, I can sympathize with the gentleman, assuming he has the same issue. Even if he doesn't, he may have been concerned that poor mastery or a thick accent might distract from what he was trying to explain to the committee.

    On a separate note, there is nothing wrong with this bill. The idea that it violates the "rights" if an illegal alien or leads to profiling are ridiculous. Citizenship status is checked in relation to being arrested in the commission of a crime, or in suspicion of having committed a crime.
    The guy speaks English, you hear him in the video, he's a immigrant rights activist trying to show he'll make a stand. The Senator was spot on.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    The guy speaks English, you hear him in the video, he's a immigrant rights activist trying to show he'll make a stand. The Senator was spot on.
    I can't watch videos from my phone without draining the battery before 10am, so I was only able to go off of the information originally posted. If he spoke English in a clear, understandable manner at some point during the meeting then I agree, he should have been speaking English from the beginning. If only because much can be lost in translation.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    The senator is a douche. We don't have an official language in the United States, he can speak in whatever language he wants and he feels more comfortable speaking in Spanish, then whatever. People need to stop getting "insulted" when others speak another language.

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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    "When in Rome do as the Romans do" I took classes on own time & money to help teach ESL. The classes are available for free across the nation. (atleast they were when I was teaching them as an assistant to the PHD) He started out speaking English fine. Interpreter was not needed. I was in line in clinic whern a PG immigrant showed up & they had to get an interpretor. Waste of time & money.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    The senator is a douche. We don't have an official language in the United States, he can speak in whatever language he wants and he feels more comfortable speaking in Spanish, then whatever. People need to stop getting "insulted" when others speak another language.
    A, knee jerk liberalism at it's finest! Thank you TPD! The Senator wasn't upset the gentleman was speaking spanish, he was upset he's been here 23 years, is before the committee as an immigrant rights supporter, speaking spanish. You might not get that fine distinction, but most of us I believe, DO.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    The senator is a douche. We don't have an official language in the United States, he can speak in whatever language he wants and he feels more comfortable speaking in Spanish, then whatever. People need to stop getting "insulted" when others speak another language.
    What a load of BS.

    This was a formal hearing, and the language of this country and the people in that room is English. How are these state senators supposed to address his issues if he won't communicate in their language?

    Do we need to have 150 translators in the room in case someone comes in speaking some 4th dialect of a Tanzanian tribe?

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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    A, knee jerk liberalism at it's finest! Thank you TPD! The Senator wasn't upset the gentleman was speaking spanish, he was upset he's been here 23 years, is before the committee as an immigrant rights supporter, speaking spanish. You might not get that fine distinction, but most of us I believe, DO.
    Great. Again, we don't have an official language here, he can speak whatever language he wants.

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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    What a load of BS.

    This was a formal hearing, and the language of this country and the people in that room is English. How are these state senators supposed to address his issues if he won't communicate in their language?
    We don't have a language of "this country".

    Do we need to have 150 translators in the room in case someone comes in speaking some 4th dialect of a Tanzanian tribe?
    Didn't he bring his own translator? I don't see your point.

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