Hispolitica

Immigration Reform Should Stipulate English as Official Language

By JAVIER MANJARRES

rubio cuba demcracy pacLast January, Senator Marco Rubio’s and his ‘Gang of 8’  U.S. senators set forth a ‘statement of principles’ as the framework for a potential immigration reform bill that could surface as early as April or May of this year.

The bipartisan effort identified several conditions that illegal immigrants must meet in order for them to be able to eligible to receive a “pathway to citizenship” in the United States.  Included in the criteria for illegal immigrants who chose to come forward and declare themselves are the requirements to pay a fine, back taxes and learn English.

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But what’s interesting to note is that while many politicos talk a tough immigration game and believe that English should be the official language, no one has suggested that English should be designated as the official language of the U.S. in any immigration reform bill.

Isn’t it important for immigrants- illegal or legal- to first learn the ‘official’ language of the United States- especially those whom have chosen to come out of the shadows and enroll in any future immigration reform program?

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, Politico, The Hill, NBC, Wall Street Journal, and other state and national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous TV and radio shows, including being the one of NewsmaxTV's regular commentators. Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at www.brownpeople.org

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