As the immigration debate rages on, some members of Congress, like Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), want to attach amendments that make learning English mandatory for the eleven million illegal aliens in the country.
While such policy prescriptions have gained little traction in Congress, a new Gallup poll shows that the vast majority of Americans think that learning English is "essential" for immigrants. And that support transcends demographic groups.
The last push to declare English as the official language of the United States failed in 2006 - but, Gallup shows 72% still think it's vital for immigrants to learn it - and 96% say it's either "essential" or "important."
Regardless, this summer has seen a few left-leaning publications label this amendment as unnecessary or archaic. Last June, Politico described it as "so last decade." Jordan Fabian at ABC News also said that the push was "not necessary." At the same time, one could probably predict the left-wing attack on these amendments: they're racist!
But, if you look at the Gallup data, 58% of Hispanics support the notion that learning English is essential for new immigrants. Additionally, 65% of Democrats and 59% of self-identified liberals agree. So, the MSNBC crowd is supportive of this conservative policy. You can't get any more bipartisan than that!
Concerning immigrant families, those where one - or both - parents are immigrants, support the English amendment to the tune of 64%. Also, 59% of U.S. immigrants support the policy.
This isn't racism. It's not bad politics - or optics. It's a rational provision that the American people want. Period.