Non-English speaking citizens?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-11-2010
Non-English speaking citizens?
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Tue, 06-01-2010 - 2:51pm

I know this may raise a heated debate, but I'm a naturalized citizen and my mom is also, she is from Japan and has been in this country for nearly 40 years. She had to pass the citizen exam, so at some point she had to read, write and speak English to pass.

My issue is with citizens like her that only learned enough English to pass that exam. Now she can barely read English, can't spell basic words without difficulty, and can barely speak English. I love her, but she can't survive without relying on others. I have tried to get her to work to improve her communication, but I feel she doesn't want to.

Does anyone feel that there should be some type of citizen review, maybe every 10 years, that as long as the person is of sound mind, able body, that they should have to go through some type of review to ensure that they still know enough English to be self-sufficient? This is a serious question, because I see how some people who don't speak English get over on the system.

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Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 4:20pm
Yes, there should be a citizen's review...for naturalized and born citizens. If you can't pass a literacy test, you should be deported. No questions asked, no review process.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-01-2010
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 4:36pm
Yes...I think that speaking english should be a requirement.
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2009
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 5:58pm

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What do you mean by "get over on the system"?

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2009
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 5:59pm

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Where in the world are you going to deport a born citizen to?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-2010
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 6:56pm

No, I don't believe there should be a citizen review. She learned the English to pass the exam. She did the work required of her at the time. If she chooses not to pursue the English language, that is her choice. It is her choice to rely on others for assistance.

That being said, I don't think that everything should be written in a bunch of other languages because people to immigrate here refuse, for whatever reason, to learn the language to be self-sufficient.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-12-2004
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 7:07pm

Throughout American history, this nation has absorbed waves of immigrants from around the world.

Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 7:12pm
Doesn't matter where...if we can deport naturalized citizens, we should be able to deport born citizens. The only distinction made in the Constitution is presidency, I believe, so let's treat all citizens equally.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2009
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 7:15pm

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If I was born here, but didn't grow up speaking English or choose not to speak English or don't feel comfortable speaking English, I'm still a citizen of this country and no other country. There would be no country to deport me to...that's why I asked the question.




Edited 6/1/2010 7:20 pm ET by shannon.fannon
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-06-2001
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 7:20pm
Did you know there is the Literacy Coalition in most states and they will teach you how to write and speak english free.

 

Community Leader
Registered: 09-14-1997
Tue, 06-01-2010 - 7:57pm
Let's create internment camps somewhere...Guam? We own that. Nah, let's call them relocation centers. They stay there until they learn to read and write American English...but at what level? 1st grade, 8th grade....???

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