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    38 TX Drivers Ticketed for Being Non-English Speaking

    http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2009/10/26/4445530.htm

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...-speaking-eng/

    These cases became public when a woman, who is a legal resident of the US since 1980, was pulled over for an illegal U-Turn and subsequently ticketed for a non-english speaking driver. There is no law against non-english speakers driving unless you are a commercial driver.

    I am sure this topic has to ability to get pretty hot so I might just post this and get the hell out of here. We shall see.

    I have never driven in a foreign country so I cannot say how important it would be to be able to read the language of said country or if the graphics on the signs are universal enough for everyone to understand them.
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    Well... I think it is ridiculous and hope they throw out that portion of the ticket for these people. However, this woman has been here since 1980---why does she not know English yet? This is an English speaking country. If one were to go to Switzerland, they would learn French or German (depending on where you lived in the country). English is widely spoken there, but the native languages are English and German. If one were to go to China, they would learn Chinese etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by gaia227 View Post
    http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2009/10/26/4445530.htm

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...-speaking-eng/

    These cases became public when a woman, who is a legal resident of the US since 1980, was pulled over for an illegal U-Turn and subsequently ticketed for a non-english speaking driver. There is no law against non-english speakers driving unless you are a commercial driver.

    I am sure this topic has to ability to get pretty hot so I might just post this and get the hell out of here. We shall see.

    I have never driven in a foreign country so I cannot say how important it would be to be able to read the language of said country or if the graphics on the signs are universal enough for everyone to understand them.

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    I didn't read the article, but since it happened in Texas I'm assuming those ticketed are Hispanic. The law will probably change, and if the state can cough up enough money they'll probably start putting the street signs in Spanish and English. The population is expected to be mostly Hispanic within 30-50 years anyway.

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    That is crazy. What about tourists? I didn't become fluent when I went to Italy. There are entire towns in Texas where Spanish is the primary language spoken. Sometimes Texas embarrasses me to no end.

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    What should embarrases you is people can live here for 30 years and not have to learn to speak English. Or the fact that there are whole towns in Texas that can't speak English.
    Last edited by sweetheart29; 10-29-2009 at 09:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetheart29 View Post
    What should embarrases you is people can live here for 30 years and not have to learn to speak English. Or the fact that there are whole towns in Texas that can't speak English.
    or the fact that when they get pulled over LE does not check to see if they are here legally.

    I do think someone needs to know english to drive here. HELLO the freaking road, and construction signs so far are still in english.

    Also I'm sick and tired of seeing job posts for spanish speaking. It's freaking America we shouldn't have to learn spanish to get a da*n job in Texas.

    I'm tired of the wasted ink my tax dollars pay for when the school prints something in spanish on the backside.

    I could go on...

    but that's just my opinion..

    ETA: I'm proud to be TEXAN and wish the government would get the illegals out and protect our broders. Being here illegally is against the law even if they have an anchor baby. I'm tired of them and their children having more rights and help in this country then the people who are here legally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetheart29 View Post
    What should embarrases you is people can live here for 30 years and not have to learn to speak English. Or the fact that there are whole towns in Texas that can't speak English.

    Amen to that!!!
    The above post is as always MY OPINION ONLY!

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    I'm in Texas, and I'm not sure what I think. I mean, what if these people had been tourists from any non English speaking country, but OTOH, I feel like we're being invaded, and it's not that these people want to truly be Americans. If they did they wouldn't insist on celebrating Mexican Independence Day. This isn't Mexico.

    When was the last time you saw a parade on US soil for Canadian Independence Day?

    Things are indeed getting worse down here. I'm at least 3 hours plus from the border. Went to a Mexican restaurant this very evening, and the first server to our table asked us what we wanted to drink in Spanish. Never have I had that happen before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnTexas View Post
    or the fact that when they get pulled over LE does not check to see if they are here legally.

    I do think someone needs to know english to drive here. HELLO the freaking road, and construction signs so far are still in english.

    Also I'm sick and tired of seeing job posts for spanish speaking. It's freaking America we shouldn't have to learn spanish to get a da*n job in Texas.

    I'm tired of the wasted ink my tax dollars pay for when the school prints something in spanish on the backside.

    I could go on...

    but that's just my opinion..

    ETA: I'm proud to be TEXAN and wish the government would get the illegals out and protect our broders. Being here illegally is against the law even if they have an anchor baby. I'm tired of them and their children having more rights and help in this country then the people who are here legally.

    Ducking I can see the tomatoes coming....
    Amen from another Texan!!

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    amen, amen, amen, amen,, AMEN!!!!! glad to see you all agree. but i've got news for you-- unless we stand up for our culture, language and history.. no one will care,, and it will be GONE!!! quit worrying about being PC and speak up!!!


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    There are many more Texans who are furious that we (the citizens of this country) have allowed everything to continue (these feelings are also felt by my Hispanic friends). We as citizens of this country really need to get a grasp on all of this, and make some major changes to whatever laws that we need to make. Even if it means booting out all the lawmakers one at a time until our voices and concerns are met. PS, please stop throwing the tomatoes.

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    I say let the tickets stand and keep giving 'em out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Txmom View Post
    There are many more Texans who are furious that we (the citizens of this country) have allowed everything to continue (these feelings are also felt by my Hispanic friends). We as citizens of this country really need to get a grasp on all of this, and make some major changes to whatever laws that we need to make. Even if it means booting out all the lawmakers one at a time until our voices and concerns are met. PS, please stop throwing the tomatoes.
    My in-laws in TX feel the same way.....One day it will be the I pledged allegiance to the flag of the UNITED COUNTRY of NORTH AMERICA....
    Last edited by chesterp; 11-01-2009 at 03:24 PM. Reason: spelling

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    CRUCIFY THE 100 HOUSE DEMOCRATS THAT ARE TRYING TO FORCE AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS ON AMERICAN TAXPAYERS http://bit.ly/195rF7 http://bit.ly/SeCUP

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    Tea Party Against AMNESTY For Illegal Aliens November 14, 2009!
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