By JAVIER MANJARRESLast 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.
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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