Americans Shouldn't Only Speak a Foreign Language

RECEIVED Wed., Jan. 23, 2008

Dear Editor,
    It's disappointing that the Georgetown City Council did not follow through on their proposal not to hire contractors for city work who employ illegal immigrants. It was a smart proposal (more cities should consider) that was naturally tagged with the discrimination label. It is disconcerting to have the Spanish language so prevalent in our culture. Beyond that, it is negligent for our government to enforce heavy taxation on the income and spending of legal citizens then provide that money to illegal immigrants. People who remain here illegally and refuse to assimilate into our culture should not have access to free health care, free food, discounted housing, utility assistance, and so on, which is government assistance kindly provided with taxpayer dollars. The latest decision in Georgetown is another example of big business running the show and not having any accountability. Legal, working citizens are clearly held to a higher standard of accountability than elitists and illegals. Being disgruntled at the inability to understand billboards, public notices, public television, and advertisements in your city because they are in a foreign language (Spanish) is undeniable. When consumers cannot communicate in English with employees at the local big-box store, that is unacceptable [“Postmarks” online, Jan. 13]. Our country doesn't need a wall to curtail illegal immigration. Stop the enabling by not providing the American way of life in a foreign language. And save the taxpayers' dollars for the taxpayer.
Colette Michalec
   [Editor's note: For more, see "Beyond City Limits," News, Jan. 25]
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