Immigration Debate Update: Speak English, Is That Really Too Much To Ask?
May 18, 2006, 08:00 PM
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Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is talking about the proposed amendment by Senator Inhofe (R-OK) which would establish English as the official language of the United States and require new citizens to pass an English proficiency exam.

"Of course English is our language—if we have to say it's our language then fine...but I want to do it in a way that unifies us, not in a way that sets us up for unintended consequences" said Boxer.

Let me translate: I agree with this amendment but I am not going to vote for it because I plan on using it in the next election as an example of how Republicans pick on immigrants.

Unintended consequences? What could she possibly be talking about?

"Do we have to take our flag out of museum exhibits because there are slogans in Latin?" asked Boxer.

Lordy! Barbara Boxer has obviously been taking lessons in absurd hypothetical arguments from Senator Mc Cain and Senator Kennedy.

It's a little but funny...students no longer have to demonstrate proficiency in English to graduate from high school in California so even if this amendment passes, how long will it take for some judge to strike it down?

Here are my comments from last week about that treacherous legal decision.