Why do Spanish speakers get preferential treatment among immigrants?
Throughout our rich history, immigrants of many different nationalities, cultures and languages came to our shores seeking the American dream. For most of our history, these immigrants knew that learning English was one of the ways to access the American dream. Immigrants that spoke German, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and in the past, even Spanish worked hard to learn English and become masters at it. Generally speaking, the next generation were raised using, and becoming proficient at, English. This helped assimilate immigrants into the melting pot of America, strengthening both the nation as a whole, and the immigrants individually.
Unfortunately, recent immigrants, mainly from Mexico, Central, and South America have not had to learn English as our government has mandated that all public notices, ballots, etc. be printed in both English and Spanish. Where are the government printings in Korean? German? Russian? There are none because those groups wanted to fully integrate into the American culture and take their best shot at achieving the American dream. Sadly, part of the Hispanic population refuses to learn English and is kowtowed to by our government. This keeps the immigrants (let’s just say legal right now) from being fully integrated into society and sets up enclaves within this country that are virtually indistinguishable from a neighborhood in Mexico. Within these areas, potentials are not fully fulfilled, and the country misses the full breadth and scope of the talents of many individuals.
Why are these immigrants so reluctant to adapt? Because they’re not forced to in the USA.
Why do they look at me and smirk when I don’t know Spanish? Because they insist I adapt to them in the USA.
Why will some languish and depend on government generation to generation? Because some “leaders” want them to so they will stay wards of the State – thereby preserving their power.