Should immigrants be required to speak English to enter the U.S.? | The Tylt
Should immigrants be required to speak English to enter the U.S.?
Some argue requiring English from immigrants entering the U.S. isn't elitist or just good for America, it's necessary to give immigrants a real chance to assimilate and succeed here.
Spanish-speaking immigrants earn on average $3,000 less than their English-speaking counterparts, according to a 2012 study by the Lexington Institute. That means the loss of real income for immigrant families and the economic marginalization of workers into industries that do not require writing or speaking proficiency in English.
Critics like Stephen Colbert pointed out that if his immigrant forebears had been required to speak English in 1928, they couldn't have come here. Many immigrants come to America precisely because this nation offers job and education opportunities you can't find elsewhere. Are people in refugee camps really supposed to sign up for English classes?
So Trump’s immigration bill requires you be a skilled worker and fluent in English? Does that mean he’ll be deporting himself and Melania?
But supporters say requiring would-be immigrants to speak English should be part of any merit-based immigration reform. There's nothing wrong with America giving priority to immigrants with English language skills, job skills, and the ability to support themselves when they arrive.
Kudos to @realDonaldTrump for backing RAISE Act. A merit-based immigration system that rewards applicants based on English-language ability.