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#387472 - 03/31/08 01:47 AM Re: Posse Comitatus [Re: Kimo2007]
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Business acts in it's own best interest, and seeing a large uptapped market of spanish speaking people they chose to cater to those customers. Thats free market, thats freedom of choice. Thats America. Forcing the companies or the the people do communicate in English, would be, IMO very UN American.




My point was more so that regardless of why companies choose to cater to the Spanish speaking community more than others it's the fact that it is happening. There are many who feel this country caters too much to the Spanish speaking community and they are crying out. They feel it's not right that a company only hire bilingual Spanish/English speaking people for certain positions that it takes jobs away from those who only speak English but could otherwise do the job. This is the point i've been trying to make to fileboy...Congress declaring English the National or Official language of the U.S. will not force these companies or any other agency, including our court systems and government offices, to go strictly English. It simply makes English the only required language, they are still able to provide documentation and conduct business in any other additional language(s) they choose. At the same time it can be used to prevent law suits against companies who choose to conduct business in English only. Unfortunately there are some people who are too close minded to see things any way but their own.

I personally see Spanish as a predominate language in this country second only to English due to its overwhelming numbers. As do many others, the difference being they see it as a bad thing. I think it's good business for a company to offer bilingual services and i encourage it, i would love to see businesses in other areas with a high volume of say Polish speaking people adopt the same practices. I think its best used in high tourist/immigration areas but can be an asset to any company which deals with a high volume of non-English speaking customers. At the same time I feel if you plan to live in a country that speaks a language other than your native tongue you should make every attempt to learn enough of that language to conduct daily business.
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#387473 - 04/05/08 04:15 PM Re: Posse Comitatus [Re: laf7773]
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Yes, Lane, but what about the states, such as CA that require all LE agencies and Courts to provide a translator for someone who doesn't speak a reasonable amount of English. To tie this in with illegal immigration, how does someone who forgot their passport/ID that day tell someone they are here legally and can prove it, if someone doesn't speak their language. Or a tourist, how do you tell someone they broke a law, and have to rectify the situation, if you can't communicate with them. I understand the POV regarding businesses, but there are some jobs, mostly civil service, that require so many slots to be filled by someone who is bilingual.

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#387474 - 04/06/08 01:16 PM Re: Posse Comitatus [Re: Bushi_no_ki]
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Like i said Bushi, the Federal govt. doesn't require it but local agencies have the option. They can make it a requirement if there is a need for it. Having an official or national language doesn't force anyone or any agency to only use English. It only requires the use of English but doesn't take away the ability to make bilingual staffing a requirement. Federal and state agencies can still make it a requirement for a certain number of employees to be bilingual if it's a need of the community.
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