As a second generation American, I feel I need to express my views on immigration as I lived them. My grandparents can from Czechoslovakia and Hungary. My grandparents brought 3 things with them the ability to work hard, their religion, and their culture. English was a foreign language to them but they learned to speak it (broken English); there were no press one for Czech; press two for Hungarian. In many cases, early in life, I acted as an interpreter for them.

Years later, retired, I wonder if I could experience what they experienced by coming to America. I sought employment first in Prague. What this meant is I needed to apply for a green card. I went, there were 20 lines maybe 40 deep.

I stood and shuffled forwarded slowly only to get the head of the line when the window closed; “come back tomorrow.” This I did. What I learned was there was no exception for my American language if I needed help I needed to hire an interpreter. It took a while but I learned to be humble and earned my green card.

I would like to ask the President why exceptions are now being made for past and present Spanish speaking immigrants? Why can’t the current problem be solved by following the laws that exist? Why all the exceptions for Spanish speaking? As I grew up, English was our official language.

Now we have decisions on language based on the current elected politicians chance for reelection thru gathering a high percentage of this language speaking minority. I do not mind if individuals speak their language in public.

Many countries I worked in or visited have an official language; you don’t know the language buy the help of an interpreter or learn the lanugage of the country you are visiting.

John T, Kovich


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