State senator wants English-only for ...

State senator wants English-only for Alabama driver's license tests

There are 19 comments on the Tuscaloosa News story from Dec 4, 2007, titled State senator wants English-only for Alabama driver's license tests. In it, Tuscaloosa News reports that:

“It's just one more act of exclusion”

A state senator who is vice chairman of a panel studying immigration issues in Alabama said Monday he will introduce legislation to require the state driver's license exam be given in English only. via Tuscaloosa News

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BJ Hardy

Auburn Hills, MI

#1 Dec 6, 2007
I totally agree with the license exam be in English only. This is america and we speak English. Thanks
Mika

Albertville, AL

#3 Jan 25, 2008
I am sorry if this isn't said very well. But here goes. Joe and BJ, have you ever wanted to travel to a foreign country to visit ? Italy, France, Germany maybe. I lived overseas in Spain for 4 years, I have been to 27 different countries in Europe, and not one time did someone refuse to let me do anything because I couldn't speak their language. I can not believe that anyone would even think to say if you can't speak english well enough to take the test then you can not drive. I understand fully that the road signs are written in English, but have either of you looked at a Spanish driving hand book or test ? The road signs are in English they have to learn what they mean in English, but what you are asking of them is idiotic. You are telling them if you can not read .
"what does this sign mean ?" in English that they should not be allowed to drive !

Who are you or anyoneelse to tell someone that just because they can't read a sentence comfortably in English they aren't fit to drive a car !

“Live for today”

Since: Jan 08

here

#4 Jan 26, 2008
the people of Alabama spoke by the vote.maybe some day all the states will get balls and do what the voters say.

In 1990, Alabama voters overwhelming approved a constitutional amendment saying “English is the official language of the state of Alabama.”

“God Bless America”

Since: Jul 07

RoboVille, USA

#5 Jan 26, 2008
Mika wrote:
I am sorry if this isn't said very well. But here goes. Joe and BJ, have you ever wanted to travel to a foreign country to visit ? Italy, France, Germany maybe. I lived overseas in Spain for 4 years, I have been to 27 different countries in Europe, and not one time did someone refuse to let me do anything because I couldn't speak their language. I can not believe that anyone would even think to say if you can't speak english well enough to take the test then you can not drive. I understand fully that the road signs are written in English, but have either of you looked at a Spanish driving hand book or test ? The road signs are in English they have to learn what they mean in English, but what you are asking of them is idiotic. You are telling them if you can not read .
"what does this sign mean ?" in English that they should not be allowed to drive !
Who are you or anyoneelse to tell someone that just because they can't read a sentence comfortably in English they aren't fit to drive a car !
You have your opinion and that's your right.
But, who are you to say what other people should think? Are you the thought police?
The posters that you attacked have the right to to their opinions, too.
Are you so arrogant as to think the universe revolves around you? That it's your way or the highway?
That may work in your home around people that think you're "special", but in the real world, you ain't poop. Get over yourself.
MANY people feel that ALL official documents should be in English.
In fact, poll after poll shows 81% of Americans want English as official language.
Enough that this WILL happen in Alabama, guaranteed.
Get used to it, because you are in the minority.
Native Amer German Irish

New Carlisle, OH

#6 Jan 26, 2008
Hi Robo!

I have a question (not relating to this forum) that I thought you might be able to answer.

Why couldn't the Feds use a reverse sting operation to catch illegal aliens?

They could open an "employment service",(very little overhead to implement) advertise in Spanish and collect information on the applicants who arrive with fake SS#s and their fake "legal" documents.

They would save a ton of money on investigations and searching for them, all they would have to do is call them in for a "job".

“God Bless America”

Since: Jul 07

RoboVille, USA

#8 Jan 26, 2008
Native Amer German Irish wrote:
Hi Robo!
I have a question (not relating to this forum) that I thought you might be able to answer.
Why couldn't the Feds use a reverse sting operation to catch illegal aliens?
They could open an "employment service",(very little overhead to implement) advertise in Spanish and collect information on the applicants who arrive with fake SS#s and their fake "legal" documents.
They would save a ton of money on investigations and searching for them, all they would have to do is call them in for a "job".
That's entrapment.
Unless they have PRIOR knowledge that whoever shows up is breaking the law, it will just cause lawsuits.

And when it comes to doing this to our precious illegals, well, you know the outcome will be an outcry heard around the world.
PSL

Boca Raton, FL

#9 Jan 26, 2008
I agree. If they want to live in the U.S. let them learn English. If they get caught driving
without a license give them 1 year in jail then deport them.
She Be Me

AOL

#10 Jan 26, 2008
Hope this spreads Nation wide!

If they cannot comprehend English they have NO business driving on American roads because they cannot comprehend the road signs.
areyou4real

Pompano Beach, FL

#11 Jan 26, 2008
Mika wrote:
I am sorry if this isn't said very well. But here goes. Joe and BJ, have you ever wanted to travel to a foreign country to visit ? Italy, France, Germany maybe. I lived overseas in Spain for 4 years, I have been to 27 different countries in Europe, and not one time did someone refuse to let me do anything because I couldn't speak their language. I can not believe that anyone would even think to say if you can't speak english well enough to take the test then you can not drive. I understand fully that the road signs are written in English, but have either of you looked at a Spanish driving hand book or test ? The road signs are in English they have to learn what they mean in English, but what you are asking of them is idiotic. You are telling them if you can not read .
"what does this sign mean ?" in English that they should not be allowed to drive !
Who are you or anyoneelse to tell someone that just because they can't read a sentence comfortably in English they aren't fit to drive a car !
WAAAA WAAAAA WAAAAA another bleeding heart,hate AMERICA neo-lib....No one is saying they aren't capable of driving a car....they just aren't capable of driving a car in the US. and just who do you think you are advocating the giving away of this nation to people that are here ILLEGALLY.
Native Amer German Irish

New Carlisle, OH

#12 Jan 26, 2008
RoboTech wrote:
<quoted text>
That's entrapment.
Unless they have PRIOR knowledge that whoever shows up is breaking the law, it will just cause lawsuits.
And when it comes to doing this to our precious illegals, well, you know the outcome will be an outcry heard around the world.
I'm surprised there's not more crack heads claiming entrapment, after all they're just cruising the ghettos looking for "directions". LOL
EUR

Rockport, MA

#13 Jan 26, 2008
If they do not want to assimilate or learn, only demand they deserve nothing from this country.
fdj

United States

#14 Feb 5, 2008
YES!
noliberaldemocra p

United States

#15 Mar 11, 2008
RoboTech wrote:
<quoted text>
That's entrapment.
Unless they have PRIOR knowledge that whoever shows up is breaking the law, it will just cause lawsuits.
And when it comes to doing this to our precious illegals, well, you know the outcome will be an outcry heard around the world.

They ARE here illegally so that in itself IS a crime. GO GET THEM!!
Marie

Leander, TX

#17 Apr 9, 2009
WHEN I WENT TO EUROPE, I got an international drivers license.
If they can't speak the language of the country in which the license is issued. too bad. Get an international drivers license.
and if one is LIVING in a country, one had BETTER learn the language. I certainly didn't expect everyone to converse with me in English.
Mika wrote:
I am sorry if this isn't said very well. But here goes. Joe and BJ, have you ever wanted to travel to a foreign country to visit ? Italy, France, Germany maybe. I lived overseas in Spain for 4 years, I have been to 27 different countries in Europe, and not one time did someone refuse to let me do anything because I couldn't speak their language. I can not believe that anyone would even think to say if you can't speak english well enough to take the test then you can not drive. I understand fully that the road signs are written in English, but have either of you looked at a Spanish driving hand book or test ? The road signs are in English they have to learn what they mean in English, but what you are asking of them is idiotic. You are telling them if you can not read .
"what does this sign mean ?" in English that they should not be allowed to drive !
Who are you or anyoneelse to tell someone that just because they can't read a sentence comfortably in English they aren't fit to drive a car !
Marie

Leander, TX

#18 Apr 9, 2009
Mika:
Street signage in America is in ENGLISH. We do have many international signs, but we also have signs in English. Because this is the USA, we speak English here.
So, when people are driving on our roads, it is dangerous for all concerned if they don't read english. This applies to illiterates, as well, not just non-english speakers.
It is not a matter of being rude, or elitist, or racist, or xenophobic. It is a safety issue.
LCD

Gardendale, AL

#19 Jun 19, 2012
A couple of things - An international drivers license is a document that translates your license into 10 different languages. A foreigner coming here still has the six months to get an Alabama license, just like someone from another state. Just looked up a bunch of countries to see if they offer it in English. Most do. One exception is Brazil. Brazil is the sixth largest economic country in the world. AND ITS GROWING. It's expected to be fifth by the end of this year. No recession, no massive layoffs, a growing middle class. Maybe it's because their government only spends money on necessary things. Our Government acts like Bill Gates at Walmart, money don't matter. Good gravy, can you imagine the cost of all those extra test's? I say do away with the support, not because of any patriotic "America first" atittude, but because we just can't afford it.
Newt Brock

Brunswick, GA

#20 Jan 1, 2013
English? Spoken in Alabama? I ain't seed whur hit is. Me and her ain't bin nowhur and she don't need no licence 'cause her ain't got no car or truck cause her husband he don't never let her go nowhur nohow cept to church on the Sabbath day cause hits the law and them laws will catch you if you ain't got no licence. This hear is Alabama whur me speaks English. Will that be biscuit or cornbread?
Newt Brock

Brunswick, GA

#21 Jan 1, 2013
BJ Hardy wrote:
I totally agree with the license exam be in English only. This is america and we speak English. Thanks
Not in Alabama you don't. Doesn't anyone in Alabama ever go to school at all?
beau

Jackson, TN

#22 Jan 13, 2013
Yeeee Hawwww 'MERICA!!!!

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