By Michael Reagan
August 28, 2006
Can you blame them? They are being enabled by all those diversity fanatics to defy the age-old custom of immigrants to our shores who made it one of their first priorities to learn to speak English and to teach their offspring to do likewise.
It was a case of sink or swim. If you couldn't speak English you couldn't get by, go to school, get a job, or become a citizen and vote.
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The result? According to Census Bureau statistics reported in Human Events:
In California, 42.3 percent of the people do not speak English at home. More than 28 percent speak Spanish instead. One in five Californians told the Census Bureau they speak English "less than very well."
In the city of Los Angeles,
for example, 60.8 percent of the people do not speak English
at home. Instead, more than 44 percent speak Spanish while 31.3
percent say they speak English "less than very well."
In Miami, Florida, 78.9 percent
do not speak English at home, 69.8 percent speak Spanish instead,
and 46.7 percent say they speak English "less than very
The 10 states with the greatest percentage of people five years and over who speak a language other than English at home are: 1. California: 42.3 percent; 2. New Mexico: 36.1 percent; 3. Texas: 33.6 percent; 4. New York: 28.2 percent; 5. Arizona: 27.4 percent; 5. (tie) New Jersey: 27.4 percent; 7. Nevada: 26.2 percent; 8. Florida: 25.4 percent; 9. Hawaii: 24 percent; 10. Illinois: 21.5 percent.
Where is all this leading? The other day I read a story headlined "Will English Survive Immigrant Flood?" As Pat Buchanan warns in his new book, "State of Emergency Third World Invasion and Conquest of America," if our language is gone, the conquest is complete.
What holds the country together is the commonality of language. When the Census Bureau released its American Community Survey they revealed that the U.S. continues to be inundated by a flood of immigrants, both legal and illegal. And the question this raises is are they learning out language, are they assimilating into our culture? The statistics cited above say the answer is a resounding "NO."
Last year one in five people in Washington D.C. were immigrants, compared to one in six in 2000. According to The Washington Post, the city is one of eight U.S. metropolitan areas along with New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston and Dallas - that have at least a million immigrants each.
Shockingly, a large segment of this rising population of immigrants does not speak English at home and does not intend to.
Incredibly, while huge numbers of immigrants already here refuse to learn English, in other parts of the world people are learning English just so they can come here. As I heard last year in Kenya, the students there said that English is the language of business and to get ahead in this world you have to learn to speak it.
We are really enabling immigrants to avoid learning English and assimilating into our culture because we give them everything they need so they don't have to learn to speak English or become part of the traditional melting pot.
By enabling these people, we build an enclave for them that looks just like what they ran away from at home, thereby preventing them from assimilating and becoming part of the American dream. English is the language of business and trade if you can't speak it you can't get out of the occupational ghetto and move up the ladder. You are stuck where you are.
Tragically, the answer to the
question of English surviving the immigrant invasion is probably
"no." The English language is on its death bed, a victim
of the enablers.
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