Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, July 30, 2002
According to the latest census data, one out of every nine residents is now foreign-born. One of nine! The response from politicians? They're signing up for Spanish lessons. They should be telling immigrants to sign up for English lessons.
Yes, we are a nation of immigrants. However, there is a difference between how we treated immigrants a century ago and how we treat them now. Then, they were expected to become part of America. Now they are allowed, indeed they are encouraged, to stay who they are and not even learn our unofficial common language. Then, we sought to make of them Americans and part of one nation. Now, we hyphenate their citizenship and tell them they may continue to bear allegiance to other countries and causes.
This is what undermines a nation when its culture resembles a United Nations and not a united nation. It is a form of invasion by immigration. We don't teach our own history, language or values to immigrants anymore and that's why we seem so divided. It's because we are. I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.