Story comes via Reuters in Phoenix. This is a really strange case. A woman by the name Alejandra Cabrera was disqualified by a Yuma County judge from being eligible to run for city council. The reason? She did not know English well enough.
She was born in the United States and did not have a sufficient grasp of the English language according to the court ruling.
"It was clear to the court that she was stymied by many questions, did not understand many questions, failed to comprehend what was being asked, and guessed at answers,"
She was trying to run for office in the city of San Luis that has a population of about 25,000 people. Across the border is a Mexican city by the same name but with a population of 175,000.
One on hand Avila says "people feel afraid of the browning of the state of Arizona," said Avila, himself an immigrant from Mexico. "Immigrant bashing has become a political point."
But on the other hand, Robert Vandervoort of group ProEnglish says "We realize America is a melting pot," he said, "But in terms of how we communicate through government, we believe it should be in English."
For reasons like this I support English as an official language of the US. It is important for our government at all levels to communicate in one uniform language. Imagine the risk that would be posed when different localities were allowed to speak whichever language they pleased.
Here was a quote I read from the site by Finn.
I taught in San Luis for 25 years. The challenge was brought by the Mayor of San Luis, Juan Escamilla. The judges questions to Cabrerra were video taped. She was asked simple questions such as "Where did you go to high school?’ To which she answered, "1998". The question was repeated, and she answered, "Umm 1996" She answered every single question she was asked incorrectly. It is obvious to any and all that she did not speak or understand a single world of English, which is required by law to hold the elected office she was seeking.