posted on Jun, 17 2011 @ 11:39 AM
I don't know gang, I think it is just a stunt by the politician. Sometimes I feel this way about the whole "learn english to live here" deal, but
sometimes I take the other side.
In my job as a supervisor, I have about 80% that speak spanish on my crew. And some of you are correct, the language barrier is used as a crutch.
But here's the deal. I didn't speak spanish 5 years ago, they taught me.
Now that my crew understand that I can understand regardless of how well they speak english, we get along great. We are the best crew at what we do.
I am their representation when they need something from management, they are mine if I need help from them.
If I had kept my old attitude of "they need to learn english," I would have never learned spanish or advanced to a management position. I would have
missed out on getting to know some really good people, people who have faced the economic situation that we americans are about to be faced with.
The illegals have mostly taken jobs that we americans didn't want to do in the first place. Immigration has not caused near as much harm as
outsourcing on the governments and corporations behalf.
My gang is here legally, I for one am happy to know them. They are philosophers, conspiracy theorists, mothers, fathers, etc. Stop giving in to
apathy and realize that these people wanted better lives, they have been duped by TPTB same as us.
They have much to teach if you just show a little caring and understanding, meet in the middle.
edit on 17-6-2011 by Bobaganoosh because: just