Mom Pleads for Respect for English Language

Arizona mother tired of seeing the erosion in America every day — while our own kids pay the price

While the liberal globalists continue their raucous, railing protests in favor of open borders, as a mom and former attorney, I’ve had it!

Throughout the Southwest where I live, generations here recall the fallen loved ones who sacrificed their lives for border security to help make America a sovereign nation from its earliest days. And President Donald Trump is now trying to stem the abusive and corrupt tide of decades in Washington, D.C., that has resulted in virtual death-knell attacks upon our English language, Christian culture, and sovereignty through our borders.

We the people of this great country are being scammed six ways to Sunday.

For me, the issue is most personal. I’m one mom who has always been a strong advocate for solidifying our crumbling sovereignty by making America’s English language mandatory for all — including immigrants from any foreign land. The reason is almost too simplistic for words. Our eroding language, culture, and borders is made the most objectionable when it comes to patent reverse discrimination for American-born children pushed aside for a global agenda that is anything but American in word or deed.

Specifically, I have witnessed through my deaf son’s public and private education, as well as career choices, his relegation to “second-class citizen status” as an American kid — versus newly arrived legal immigrants (not excluding the pay-to-play illegal immigrants who get “passes”).

For example, when he was mainstreamed early on and utterly dependent upon his primary language of ASL (American Sign Language), the South Korean immigrants in our upscale northern New Jersey town were provided tutors free of charge in their second language of English at taxpayers’ expense. My son, however, was compelled to rely upon our own funds to finance his tutoring in English for his very survival as an American citizen.

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In later years, the situation became worse. While he attended university in upper New York state, he found out that in order to get his driver’s license he would be required to take the written test in English without an interpreter in ASL. By contrast, his fellow students from foreign lands on visas were allowed to take the same test in their primary language from the country in which they were born — whether it was Mexico, Russia, or France.

Nonetheless, my son passed the English driver’s test with a 100-percent perfect score. But this was only because I had the financial means to retain the services of a deaf tutor with ASL who specialized in drivers’ education for the deaf.

But I am not the only mom of a deaf or hard-of-hearing kid who has witnessed this kind of reverse discrimination. For many years across America, non-disabled kids (including immigrants from other countries like South Korea) were and are allowed to take ASL to satisfy their foreign language requirement along with Spanish, German, French, and others. Meanwhile, our American-born kids with a slew of rights under the American Disabilities Act get “the shaft,” as the second-class citizens they have become.

I want to be clear. This is not one mom’s tiresome complaint about “what happened to me and my poor victim of a child.” We the people of this great country are being scammed six ways to Sunday. We see the erosion of our English language every day. For instance, when Americans shop for all manner of products (almost always made outside the USA), the instructions for use — like an ordinary vacuum cleaner — will compel one to search, yes, actually search through the insert matter, to find it in English amid a variety of foreign languages.

Moreover, there are 70 million grandmothers in America who remember one sterling benchmark as fact. Their immigrant grandparents and great-grandparents were required by law to toe the line when it came to learning English, with no accommodations whatsoever. This was required in order for them to obtain employment, housing, and medical assistance — let alone succeed in education and a variety of jobs and careers.

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They understood that an English language requirement in an English-speaking country was — and should be — the very threshold and linchpin for acceptance into an American melting pot, legally, culturally, spiritually, and socioeconomically.

For instance, over a century ago, not one member of my own family who hailed from Germany, Italy, and Austria expected anything less than to join the ranks of American citizens as it applied to the English language and their Catholic and Christian faith-based culture.

As part of my German ancestry, they had the advantage of royalty’s privileges of education and money from what they fondly referred to as “the old country.” Yet, despite their ties to Europe, they were committed to becoming American to the core. This meant not only learning English long before they arrived, along with other languages, but also volunteering for military service against their homeland of Germany in World War I. Indeed, my two great uncles were killed in that war, leaving their mother to fend for herself and her four daughters.

And for those in my family’s history who hailed from northern Italy and Austria, they struggled from the time they left Europe to their arrival at Ellis Island to learn as much English as possible. They wanted to ensure both their legal entry into America as well as their cultural assimilation into the promised land of their dreams. Without exception, from stories told throughout the generations — the happiest and most fulfilling day of their lives was not marriage or even children but the day they achieved citizenship in the United States of America.

I can only hope and pray that one day, my American-born deaf son, and his children, will never again be discriminated against for their abilities or disabilities, in favor of liberal globalists pursuing an indiscriminate agenda in favor of immigrants en masse from anywhere … to the detriment of all.

The author, a retired attorney, is a published poet, writer, and columnist based in Arizona. 

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