Speak English To Me

During committee testimony this week in Austin, a Texas senator interrupted a Spanish speaker telling him he should "be speaking in English" during a committee hearing.

Antolin Aguirre of the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition was testifying against Senate Bill 9 that would help crack down on illegal immigrants in Texas. Aguirre spoke through an interpreter even though he had been in the U.S. since 1988.

Two minutes into Antolin Aguirre’s testimony, Sen. Chris Harris, a Republican from Arlington, interrupted asking Aguirre’s interrupter, "Did I understand him correctly that he has been here since 1988?" Harris asked. "Why aren’t you speaking in English then?"

Here is my point of view. If you're trying to battle against a crackdown on illegal immigration in front of Senators then you might want to do it in English. Show them that you are confident, well educated (can't show them that in Spanish since they can't understand you), and a contributing member of society.

It seems to me that the presenter was trying to prove a point by speaking in Spanish, although I don't know what point that would have been.

What the bill does:

The bill would allow local law enforcement officials to check a suspect’s immigration status.

It passed on Wednesday.