Speech on the Senate Floor in Spanish – good idea? or lousy?

I don’t like this idea (see below) — unless, of course, you are the President of Mexico addressing our government or something similar. 

I travel the world, and I love different cultures and different languages.  It is  fun and exciting to learn other languages and to observe different cultures.  I wish I were fluent in Spanish, French and Italian (and Arabic and more!)

While I love other languages and other cultures, I know that if someone in this country does not speak English, he or she is at an extreme disadvantage in getting good jobs here.  You just can’t get them.  We have to be able to communicate with each other.  I want people to have opportunity, a chance.  This sends the wrong message.

I don’t think it is wise for Senator Kaine to speak in Spanish on the Senate Floor. 

Am I wrong?  If I am wrong, convince me.  Maybe I am wrong…I don’t knwo.

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ADVISORY: KAINE TO DELIVER FLOOR SPEECH IN SPANISH TO URGE PASSAGE OF COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine will deliver remarks in Spanish on the Senate floor today expressing support for the bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. The bill would reform the nation’s broken immigration system by creating an accountable path to citizenship, improving the employment verification system, strengthening border security and creating a rational approach to future legal immigration that recognizes the value of strong families.

 

Kaine’s floor speech will be broadcast live on CSPAN-2. In addition, audio and video clips will be made available following his remarks.

 

Senator Kaine’s Floor Speech on Immigration Reform

Between 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM

U.S. Senate Chamber

Washington, DC

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