Idea that immigrants don't want to le...

Idea that immigrants don't want to learn English is a myth

There are 80 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Mar 8, 2007, titled Idea that immigrants don't want to learn English is a myth. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

In his guest commentary, "Failure of immigrants to assimilate spells trouble," , Andrew Dunn speaks of today's Spanish-speaking immigrants as if they're mainly illegal, ignoring the majority of legal and ...

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Mtnbred

Redmond, WA

#1 Mar 9, 2007
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Or we can donate our money, our time and our skills to ensure immigrants get the language training they need. They want to learn English. The question is: Are we willing to help them?""

Donate money? That is what we pay our taxes for so these immigrants can get 'donated healthcare'. I have done all the donating I care to do for this huge immigration problem.
"Are we willing to help them'? I don't see them helping me, my family or my neighbors. So quit trying to push the 'oh poor immigrants' my way as I work 2 jobs, am raising a family and also it seems raising a generation of illegal immigrants.
Hunter

Anderson, SC

#2 Mar 9, 2007
How about they learn English in their Mexican, et al, schools before and as a requirement to crossing the border?...then we would not have the language problem...and, sadly, Cheryl, North Carolina, is a big target destination for ILLEGALs...the numbers of highway deaths, and gang rapes are up because of this...YOUR STATE has NOT protected you from INVADERS!
FedUp2

Wilsons Mills, NC

#3 Mar 9, 2007
Learning english is not the major problem. Sucking our system dry is the problem.If these advocates and sympathizers are so concerned with the Mexicans, they should go to Mexico and help them THERE!!!
Steve

Clyde, NC

#4 Mar 9, 2007
Cheryl Dietrich's credibility is shot in her first paragraph. she alleges that the relatively new and rapidly growing Hispanic population (Mexican) are mostly legal residents. After California, North Carolina is the second most popular destination for illegal immigrants. Are you a betting woman Cheryl?
Dunnin

United States

#5 Mar 9, 2007
There is a reason why so many think most Mexicans are here illegally. Because they are. Go check out Weaverville and Leicester. They are simply over ran with these "so called" legal adventurers.

And I agree with mtnbred, why should I donate money to help them learn English? I would donate money to send them home way before I would do that.
Ronald Frobnitz

Greenville, SC

#6 Mar 9, 2007
Ms. Dietrich's commentary offers excellent insight into this isssue. I remember when European immigrants were called names and were subjected to the same anger, bitterness, and ingnorance displayed in the first four responses. This, too, will pass. I have first hand knowledge of the issue and know that most Hispanics are eager to erase the language barrier.

Since: Feb 07

Cullowhee

#7 Mar 9, 2007
I agree with everything posted. When are these "advocates" going to realize these illgeals are draining us dry? I'm with you Dunnin - spend my tax dollars to send them home.
Steve

Clyde, NC

#8 Mar 9, 2007
Ronald Frobnitz wrote:
Ms. Dietrich's commentary offers excellent insight into this isssue. I remember when European immigrants were called names and were subjected to the same anger, bitterness, and ingnorance displayed in the first four responses. This, too, will pass. I have first hand knowledge of the issue and know that most Hispanics are eager to erase the language barrier.
Ms. Dietrichs article demonstrates here abysmal ignorance regarding the damage that illegal immigration is having on our Country. Her article is the kind of nonsense that clouds the issue. It is hight time we acted like a sovereign nation and dealt with this problem.

Since: Feb 07

Cullowhee

#9 Mar 9, 2007
Sorry - I agree with everything posted with the exception of Mr. Frobnitz. He must have posted while I was writing. Just wanted to clarify.
mtnbred

Redmond, WA

#10 Mar 9, 2007
Steve wrote:
<quoted text>
Ms. Dietrichs article demonstrates here abysmal ignorance regarding the damage that illegal immigration is having on our Country. Her article is the kind of nonsense that clouds the issue. It is hight time we acted like a sovereign nation and dealt with this problem.
This is so true! All this ''free' help for illegal immigrants are not helping the economy or our taxes which is used to doctor, feed and educate these folks. It is time for our elected officials to take a stand one way or another and not continue to stand on the side lines waiting to see which way the 'vote' will go.
Dunnin

United States

#11 Mar 9, 2007
Oh goodness. I worked in a plant in the area once that was full of illegal aliens. Wanting and eager to learn the language?? My grown up girls booty. They simply want to turn America into Little Mexico. Ship them home!! I, quite frankly, am as sick of them as I am of the bleeding heart liberals who love them. And feel for their "plight".
Mary

San Francisco, CA

#12 Mar 9, 2007
If they are so willing to learn English why all the lobbying attempts by organizations like La Raza, Maldef, LULAC etc. to the US a bilingual nation? I have heard for years how "willing" Spanish speakers are to learn English, yet the growth of Spanish in our country just continues to escalate. Perhaps Cheryl doesn't realize that in many cities of the US, like Miami and Los Angeles, native-born Americans are losing jobs -- or not getting them in the first place -- because they don't speak Spanish. If our invaders are so "eager" to learn English, how come AMERICANS are the ones who are being pressured to learn their language, not the other way around?

Sick of the stupidity and cluelessness of the mainstream media.
Mary

San Francisco, CA

#13 Mar 9, 2007
PS -- I'll donate plenty $$$ to teach them English -- AFTER THEY GO BACK TO MEXICO.
Steve

Clyde, NC

#14 Mar 9, 2007
Mary,
Sounds like you have a solid background in the most radical of the immigration apologist movement. However you forgot the worst one- Mecha.

The vast majority of the Country is trying to stop this growing immigration mess and Cheryl Dietrich wants to teach them English. Talk about being out of step. Why would the ACT give so much column space to such a ridiculous idea?
FedUp2

Wilsons Mills, NC

#15 Mar 9, 2007
Ever notice that most of the "advocates" are other mexicans? The entire crowd of losers need's to get their asses back to their uncivilized country. I wonder how many of these moochers are "advocating" for Duane Chapman?(Dog the Bounty Hunter)
Jim

Barcelona, Spain

#16 Mar 9, 2007
All these posts just go to show, rednecks will come up with any excuse to go on with their bigoted hatred, even when the facts are staring them straight in the face. Next y'all will dig out some scripture to show it´s "the word of God" for everybody to speak English all the time, but the fact is you just don´t have the plain manners to be respectful of people who aren´t exactly like yourself.
BarbV

Escondido, CA

#17 Mar 9, 2007
Is this why learning Spanish is the "survival language" to get a job in areas of high concentration of illegals? XX Is this why According to Arbitron, Spanish-language radio is the fastest-growing radio format category in the country. Just who is assimilating with whom? XX Is this why The vast majority of new construction jobs in 2006 were filled by foreign-born Latinos, many of them recently arrived. XX Is this why we see employment ads like these: Receptionist-Must speak Spanish. Contracting Careers-- All Applicants must speak Spanish and understand English. Welding Instructor - Must speak Spanish [Desired Expertise:, QA\QC Inspection, Welder/Fitter, Welding Superintendent] Retails Sales Consultant/Store Manager- Must speak Spanish. XX Is this why the number of Limited English Proficient students in our schools is exploding? Well, you get the idea. BTW -- When "ordained minister", Dietrich gets down from his high horse of preaching to the rest of us, he might want to ponder on the meaning of the word "immigrant". Only an "immigrant" has passed through the legal hoops to enter our nation legally. Foreign nationals who skip that detail are legally and correctly called "illegal aliens" by educated folks like Supreme Court Justices.
Steve

Clyde, NC

#18 Mar 9, 2007
Jim said;

"even when the facts are staring them straight in the face."

Gee Jim, what fact are you referring to?
Tired of Illegals

Asheville, NC

#19 Mar 9, 2007
Speak whatever language you want to in America........as long as you are LEGAL!!!!
Valley view

Auburn, AL

#20 Mar 9, 2007
Jim wrote:
All these posts just go to show, rednecks will come up with any excuse to go on with their bigoted hatred, even when the facts are staring them straight in the face. Next y'all will dig out some scripture to show it´s "the word of God" for everybody to speak English all the time, but the fact is you just don´t have the plain manners to be respectful of people who aren´t exactly like yourself.
Respect?, where do i see respect for our laws and our language and for the services that they demand that they are not entitled to. Where was the respect shown to America during the rallies last year when our flag was disrespected? Btw you showed so much respect using the word redneck.

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