AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
Everybody knows it's easier to learn a foreign language the younger you are... and parents that migrate here usually do it to give their children a better life.
I date somebody from Israel, and he first came to America barely knowing English and he had to deal with racism and discrimination... He was harassed and mocked by some cops once because they didn't think he knew English very well, but he actually knew what they were saying better than they realized. Once you start learning a foreign language, at first, you're better at understanding native speakers talking to you than you are actually speaking it yourself. The point is, it takes people time to learn a language. You can't expect immigrants to be fluent in English right away, and you especially can't expect them know technical language in legal forms or financial applications right away either.
Kenyans begin their third language, English, at 8.6 or 7 and spoke English and Spanish fluently
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