In California, 42.3% of people do not speak English at home
Human Events Online:
In California, the nation’s largest state, 42.3% of the people do not speak English at home. More than 28% speak Spanish instead. One in five Californians told the Census Bureau they speak English “less than very well.”
Within California, the foreign-language speakers tend to be concentrated in certain communities. In the City of Los Angeles, 60.8% of the people do not speak English at home. More than 44% speak Spanish instead. And 31.3% say they speak English “less than very well.”
In the Orange County city of Santa Ana, 84.7% do not speak English at home. More than 75% speak Spanish instead, and 50.8% say they speak English “less than very well.”
On the other side of the continent, in Miami, Fla, 78.9% do not speak English at home, 69.8% speak Spanish instead, and 46.7% say they speak English “less than very well.”
Up North in Passaic, N.J., 72.7% of the people do not speak English at home, 62.9% speak Spanish instead, and 45.4% say they speak English “less than very well.”
America is headed toward a cultural catastrophe. Chronic non-enforcement of our immigration laws together with a multicultural ideology that seeks to make it easier for immigrants—and their children and grandchildren—to retain their native cultures, could strip this nation of a unifying, common language.
There is nothing, of course, wrong with the Spanish language, or with immigrants’ coming to the United States from Spanish-speaking regions of the world. But there is something profoundly wrong with a political elite that has been so lax in enforcing our borders that it may have established within the U.S. foreign-language enclaves large enough and concentrated enough to successfully resist assimilation.
The Census Bureau’s new American Community Survey demonstrates that if the melting pot is not broken beyond repair, it is severely cracked and bubbling over.
In the coming election cycles, enforcing U.S. borders and immigration laws and promoting public policies that resist the primacy of multiculturalism should be at the center of the national debate.
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