Saturday, May 20, 2006

Xenophobia in the U.S. Senate


Declaring English to be the national language of the U.S. is about as necessary and meaningful as declaring Going To The Beach to be the National Summertime Activity.

The myth that immigrants to the U.S. lack the incentive and the will to learn English is pervasive but silly. The problem that there aren't enough English classes for immigrants is very real, and widely ignored.

Update: On a lighter note, this has set up easy punch lines for late night comedians:

"The president says making English our national language is not 'discriminatious.'" --Conan O'Brien

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