Looks like there`s confusion in the Senate this morning over whether the Martinez-Hagel cave-in will actually pass, but this is all you need to know about it:
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"