In a moment heavy with symbolism, Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., who fled Cuba at age 15 and was a prime broker of the agreement with Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., stood in the Senate press gallery to repeat the deal in Spanish.
"Now that everyone has had a chance to hear this in English, I think an awful lot of Americans that only speak Spanish would like to hear what we're talking about," Martinez said. Martinez worked closely on the deal with the administration, where he formerly served as a cabinet secretary.
Senate set to pass immigration bill Compromise would create 3 classes of illegal workers, by Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle, April 7, 2006.
In fact, there aren't that many "Americans" who "only speak Spanish"...yet. But the phenomenon of second-generation immigrants who don't learn English is growing...thanks to government policy. And, of course, this ultimately dispossesses real Americans.
"Heavy with symbolism"...yeah, right.