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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Nobody wants to enforce the laws. Nobody wants to come down hard on these companies that like to hire illegals at slave wages. Everyone wants to pander to the next "wave" of immigrants.
    Yep. If you can bill labor at $20/hour and pay them $8/hour that helps make it OK.
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Well, you can't expect someone who just got here to speak fluently. That's naive and unrealistic. Though they should put all effort to learning English over time, it's only fair. They should in no way expect us to speak their language, however.

    It isn't racist, just silly if they're new around here. However, at some point something gotta give.

    I live in South Florida and go to school in Miami, don't speak spanish but I can get the idea of what people say. Hasn't helped me in any serious way, but sure does come in handy at certain parties. I do wish I could speak it, learning's a bitch though.
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Popular perception would disagree, but technically you're correct. There are many peoples of the same race that speak different languages.
    Oh well then it's racist to force me to speak English, too, seeing as how I'm German (mostly).

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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Here is one link. It is ironic further that most of their illegal immigrants are Americans. I have heard on TV shows that southern Mexico has a huge problem with central american illegal immigrants who head for the US but never make it which feeds the push north by Mexicans.

    Mexico | Illegal Immigration | Statistics | Law
    Interesting link, and that is what happens when you have lax laws or a refusal to enforce the existing laws. I imagine that Mexico's illegal immigration problem isn't as big as ours.

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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    Well, you can't expect someone who just got here to speak fluently. That's naive and unrealistic. Though they should put all effort to learning English over time, it's only fair. They should in no way expect us to speak their language, however.

    It isn't racist, just silly if they're new around here. However, at some point something gotta give.

    I live in South Florida and go to school in Miami, don't speak spanish but I can get the idea of what people say. Hasn't helped me in any serious way, but sure does come in handy at certain parties. I do wish I could speak it, learning's a bitch though.
    Once on the travel channel some show gave the tip that all you need to do is try to speak the native language and all is forgiven. You can mess up completely but if people see that you're trying they won't hate on you for it.

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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Easy test. Do we still have illegals?
    Yes, and we also have sanctuary states.

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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Or work for small subcontractors that are not on any books at all.
    That happens a lot of times in the construction and landscaping industries, both loaded with illegal immigrants.

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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL View Post
    Yes, and we also have sanctuary states.
    Excuse it anyway you want, but if we wanted it stopped, it would be.

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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Once on the travel channel some show gave the tip that all you need to do is try to speak the native language and all is forgiven. You can mess up completely but if people see that you're trying they won't hate on you for it.
    Depends on the people. If it's here, yea, that works. But could go differently in some other country depending on who you encounter.
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    Re: Is it racist to ask for immigrants to speak English?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Excuse it anyway you want, but if we wanted it stopped, it would be.
    There are many who want it stopped. It's those who are always afraid of offending who stand in the way of making any kind of meaningful progress.

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