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Texas Senator Asks Why Witness Doesn’t Speak English. Political Correctness on Display

Texas Senator Chris Harris, KTRH Photograph

KTRH News Radio in Houston reports on a Texas State Senator asking a committee witness to speak in English. During committee testimony this week in Austin, a Texas senator interrupted a Spanish speaker telling him he should “be speaking in English” during a committee hearing. Antolin Aguirre of the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition was testifying against Senate Bill 9 that would help crack down on illegal immigrants in Texas. Aguirre spoke through an interpreter even though he had been in the U.S. since 1988.

The questioning occurred Monday during a Texas Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee hearing. Law makers were hearing testimony on Senate Bill 9 which is a sanctuary cities bill permitting local law enforcement officials in Texas to check a suspect’s immigration status. This type of legislation is becoming more and more common as states attempt to control illegal immigration and the costs borne by state taxpayers because of illegal immigration and the federal government’s pathetic response to the problem.

Now that you understand the background of the committee hearing, take a listen to the exchange and tell me whether or not you think it was wrong of the senator to ask the witness to speak in English. Likewise, was the witness simply trying to score political points with his constituent group by speaking Spanish in the first place?

Considering the individual has lived in the United States since 1998 and choosesto speak Spanish instead of English, indicates to me the witness is grandstanding, simply trying to make a point – a point of multiculturalism political correctness that wants to make the United States a bilingual nation. Look at how well that works in Canada or elsewhere in the world. It doesn’t.

The failure of immigrants to assimilate into the United States makes it more difficult for Americans to accept immigration. Immigrants should want to become a part of this country and not balkanize it. This witness’ grandstanding and attempt at political correctness should be an affront to immigrants of Mexican, Spanish or Latino descent who have come here legally, assimilated and become a part of this great country.

I say congratulations, Senator Harris, for asking the question.

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