Poll Says Half of Americans Support Immigration Reform and More Support English as a Requirement

 

A new poll by HuffPost/YouGov found that about 60 percent of Americans support immigration reform and even more - 81 percent - support a policy that requires immigrants learn English to become citizens.  This brings up a lot of questions.  What does it mean to learn English?  What to Americans think about the first language(s) of immigrants?  Resource or not? How might this effect policies and funding for English as a Second Language compared with Bilingual Education?  Are our goals as a nation to be monolingual or bilingual?  What does this mean for parents and children that we serve in our schools?

(Reference: Huffington Post, Emily Swanson, Feb. 1, 2013)


Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
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