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June 11, 2013

Rubio: newly legalized need to be able to speak English

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio wants to make sure newly legalized immigrants can speak English. On Tuesday, he’s introducing an amendment to his own immigration bill to ensure those applying for permanent residency are proficient in English.

Speaking from the floor, Rubio said learning English is not only important for assimilation, but its important for economic success.

"You cannot flourish in our economy. You cannot flourish in our country if you are not proficient in English," he said. "We're going to require that."

Watch Rubio talk about the amendement from the Senate floor here. 

Under current law, English proficiency is only required for citizenship, not permanent residency.

Senators began debate this week on the massive immigration overhaul that Rubio helped write. But he said the current version of the legislation has a loophole that makes it easy to dodge the English requirement. His amendment strikes a provision in the legislation that stipulates the English proficiency requirement can simply be met by being enrolled in an English course.

The requirement will have an interesting effect in Rubio's home of Miami-Dade County, a Spanish-speaking bastion where many immigrants legal and illegal can get by for years without having to speak English.

If the amendment is passed, those applying for legal status would be required demonstrate, possibly by a test, “ability to read, write, and speak words in ordinary usage.”

Rubio said last week that the legislation still does not have the support of 60 Senate members needed to pass. He said Republican colleagues have told him the bill needs stronger border security to win their support.

The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on a motion to proceed with the immigration bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said members will have three weeks to offer and debate amendments. He expects a vote in the Senate by July 4.


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B Pratt

To Rubio. Hey, dude, I live in Texas. There are wide areas around here that are only just now (well, past thirty years or so but you get my drift) starting to speak English. They were speaking German. How can I say this nicely? Well, I can't. Fuck you.

Joseph Glackin

Just a thought. Will this count on Calle Ocho in Miami?

James Bowen

Give them all the same special benefits as his countrymen and women get when they arrive on our shores.

Joseph Glackin

Two thirds of Congress would be thrown out of office if they were required to be "fluent" in English.
The oldest cities in our nation were founded by Spanish speaking people. The railroads that brought our country together were built by people who couldn't speak English.
They will manage to make themselves understood, believe me.

Bob Rooney

Don't trust Rubio.
He has long history of blocking immigration enforcement.
If you against any kind of Amnesty, go to this website and register .
Google this: NUMBERSUSA .
Once you are registered, go to the "action board"

Fifty Ville

­¡Ay Dios mio! ­¡Racismo!


But he was OK with a President form 2001-2009 who could not speak proper English?

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