The Language of the Land: Learn It or Leave Essay

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The Language of the Land: Learn It or Leave

Claim: Because it indicates seriousness about becoming a United States citizen, immigrants should learn to speak English.

Waking up early on a Monday morning is not easy for me -- another long week ahead. As I slowly roll out of bed, hop in the shower, brush my teeth and put on my clothes I have one thing in mind: my McDonald's breakfast. Although McDonald's is a bit out of the way and the traffic is always horrible, I simply have to have my sausage, egg and cheese value meal. As I finally pull up to the drive-thru speaker, I look down at my watch and realize that I am running late. Opening my window I place my order: "I'll have a number four with an orange juice." I pull up to the
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In order to become a United States Citizen, immigrants should learn to speak English; it should be mandatory. Many people believe that because America is the land of freedom, immigrants should have the choice of learning our language and accepting our culture or not. It is also thought that enforcing any laws requiring them to learn English is discrimination and an infringement on their rights which does not allow the benefits of a so called "free" country. The problem with this belief is that due to the lack of English speaking immigrants, America's under-class is growing rapidly, because language barriers create obstacles in the pursuit of higher paying positions. According to an article in ProEnglish, an organization in support of English as our common language, in 2005, millions of immigrants cannot find good-paying jobs because of their "lack of ability to speak English with customers, co-workers and employers" (Why Official English?). This statement makes perfect sense. If individuals cannot speak the common language of our country, there is no way for them to work in any field in which effective communication is necessary. Unfortunately, the only positions that require little or no contact with customers or co-workers are those that pay minimum wage such as washing
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