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Will immigrants learn English?

February 4, 2013

Editor, OBSERVER: Who is going to teach these immigrants when they come to America the language so they can contribute to the U.....

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American

Feb-16-13 5:42 PM

Hyphenated Americans. Always makes me wonder what they really stand for. What country they are loyal to. I was raised and will always believe that you either are or are not an American You may be of Polish, Italian, Swedish or any one of many others descendants BUT you are not that before you are American. Get rid of the hyphens in your names people and unify as one nation. The United States Of America. And if you can do that then you truly are not an American at heart.

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MikeDavis

Feb-16-13 10:25 AM

And why the hyphen? You are either an American of Polish decent, have dual citizenship, or are confused as to where your loyalty lies. Citizens of a country defend that country, not waffle as to what they identify as their home country.

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MikeDavis

Feb-16-13 10:20 AM

Regelski, did your grandparents come into this country illegally? Demanding that an interpreter be brought to them so they could use the ER as their family doctor? Did they fly the flag of Poland above the American flag? No, they assimilated into American society and taught their children to embrace being American's of Polish descent. Not Polish people living in America, Americans. That's the difference.

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Regelski

Feb-15-13 11:53 AM

I never was able to speak to my grandparents, who spoke only Polish. How many of us have the same history? Now, as a third generation Polish-American, I've made my mark on the world--in English. Schools and society in general eventually overcome any problems. I worry that the entire question is seriously ethically challenged as to the entire right-wing opposition to immigration. Anyone with even a sliver of historical background understands that immigrants, and pluralism, are what makes America great. Who among us stem from descendents of the Mayflower?

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American

Feb-13-13 2:50 PM

They should either ratify PR or cut it loose. And I think cutting it loose is the best option.

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MikeDavis

Feb-13-13 2:18 PM

ponzi47, there is probably a high percentage of people that don't realize that Puerto Rican people are citizens of America. Schools teach that Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory but not that citizenship is a part of that. Calling ignorance idiocy seems a little harsh.

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ponzi47

Feb-13-13 6:55 AM

How many idiots out there think that Puerto Ricans are "immigrants"? Puerto Ricans have been US citizens since 1917...probably before our families arrived her from Italy, Ireland, Poland, Germany, etc.

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ponzi47

Feb-13-13 6:55 AM

How many idiots out there think that Puerto Ricans are "immigrants"? Puerto Ricans have been US citizens since 1917...probably before our families arrived her from Italy, Ireland, Poland, Germany, etc.

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Impartialvoiceofreason

Feb-09-13 11:21 PM

Maybe we should all learn Spanish so we can identify when a group of rican thugs is talking about robbing me as I pump my gas... And or maybe we should all learn mandarin so we can re-apply and interview for our jobs that have been shipped to China...

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MikeDavis

Feb-09-13 12:49 PM

DRT, seriously consider going back to school. I can't see any interviews for a large company going well if those posts are your normal conversational skills. The world does need manual laborers, and there is honor in that work. But it's a hard way to make a living after 40. And no one I know of has found a way to beat time.

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DunkirkRicanThug

Feb-08-13 8:38 PM

Im just sayin son. Dem be the rules. Someone should ask thomas jefferson. He probly spoke Africa. And he wrote the document!

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American

Feb-08-13 7:22 PM

If you need that translated just ask. I will be glad to help you.

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American

Feb-08-13 7:21 PM

Estados Unidos no tiene yo lengua nacional. ¿Por qué no aprender un viejo español. El mundo está cambiando. Si quieres decirle a la gente a aprender español, entonces por lo menos conseguir la gramática correcta, por favor.

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DunkirkRicanThug

Feb-08-13 1:06 PM

America has no national language yo. Why dont you learn some Spanish old man. The world is changing.

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American

Feb-08-13 1:04 AM

Where do you see that timeisthefire? What is racist about any remarks except yours accusing someone else of it?

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timeisthefire

Feb-07-13 10:29 PM

just another racist rant...

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judeye

Feb-07-13 6:20 PM

American..oh I so agree.

Interesting someone posted on another social media site saying the pledge of allegiance should be back in schools. I was PROUD to say.. my grandchildren say the pledge every day in their school!

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American

Feb-07-13 11:39 AM

Thank you Mike. I will get off my soapbox now. At least for a bit. lol

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MikeDavis

Feb-07-13 11:33 AM

I think your point is made American. I agree with you and you have given more than enough material to back your position.

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American

Feb-07-13 10:41 AM

I agree it was wrong. That flag just like ALL other flags should be flown below the AMERICAN flag. What part aren't some of you getting. The American flag on American soil needs to always be flown above any other flag. It is to be given the honor it deserves for all the men and women who have served and/or shed their blood for it.

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American

Feb-07-13 10:37 AM

"Eligibility Requirements • Be at least 18 years old at the time of filing Form N-400, Application for Naturalization. • Be a permanent resident (have a “green card”) for at least 5 years. • Have lived within the state or USCIS district with jurisdiction over your place of residence for at least 3 months prior to the date of filing Form N-400. • Have continuous residence in the United States as a lawful permanent resident for at least 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing Form N-400. • Be physically present in the United States for at least 30 months out of the 5 years immediately preceding the date of filing Form N-400. • Be able to read, write, and speak basic English. • Have a basic understanding of U.S. history and government (civics). • Be a person of good moral character. • Demonstrate an attachment to the principles and ideals of the U.S. Constitution." from the USCIS web site.

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American

Feb-07-13 10:31 AM

As long as they are flown BELOW the American flag or to the lower left of the American flag then there is no problem. My problem is when you dishonor our flag by flying it upside down(unless it is in times of distress or emergency) or you fly a foreign flag above our flag. Then I have a problem with it. And I don't care what the flag is the American flag should ALWAYS be flown ABOVE any other flag on AMERICAN soil. Hope that is plain enough and understandable enough to those who don't get it.

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MikeDavis

Feb-07-13 9:56 AM

Judeye. No, IMO it wasn't right. There is a time to show your disagreement, draping something off the Capitol building was just as disrespectful as a Mexican flag flying over an American high school.

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judeye

Feb-07-13 8:58 AM

I have seen the flag flown upside down these days primarily by the far right conservative groups, like some (emphasis on some) of the TEA party.

I watched in horror as they (members of our very own Congress) draped the Galveston flag (which the TEA has adopted as their own) over the wall of our very own Capital building. To me, each of those representatives should have been charged.

What say you? Was this ok? To drape a flag other than that of the USA over the front of our Capital building just to make a statement?

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judeye

Feb-07-13 8:53 AM

The South was a separate nation when we went to war. We went to war to save the Union..the union of our country when part of it seceded.

They had their own president, money, etc. Yet, the importance of preserving the Union is what prompted the most bloody war in our Country's history.

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