Immigrants should speak English


I agree with Sen. Marco Rubio on the amendment that he proposes to his immigration bill ( Newly legalized need to be able to speak English, June 11).

Speaking English is a requirement for becoming a U.S. citizen, and entering our country legally is also a requirement for having rights here. But it seems some newer immigrants, many undocumented, are refusing to speak English and are demanding their rights, too. That is just wrong and, to top it all off, those of us who have never lived in another country must now speak Spanish to get a job.

I’m a fourth-generation citizen of Italian descent. My family was speaking English by the second generation, and that’s the way it should be to maintain a sense of unity and community that keeps deteriorating into us vs. them. It is terrible for harmony and acceptance. If immigrants want the rest of us to have empathy and respect, then they must show the same to us or this unpleasantness will continue for a long time.

Anna Pylant, Miramar

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