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Language and “Guestworkers”

Language is another problem for amnesty’s cousin, a guest worker program, as Slate’s Eric

Weiner reported:

What happens to a country when most of its workforce is foreign? Many things, it turns out, and none of them good. Arab culture and language are being swamped by the flood of foreigners. In Dubai, for instance, a Moroccan woman I learned about couldn’t find a job because she did not speak English. She was, of course, fluent in Arabic, the official language of the United Arab Emirates.

The U.S. Civil Rights Commission recognized the language problem in its

1982 report, Confronting Racial Isolation in Miami on pages 155-6:

Bilingual requirements for employment are an obvious barrier to monolingual job seekers. Since few blacks are bilingual, such requirements have been excluding them from a large and growing employment market. . . .

In addition to posing an additional hurdle for black job applicants, bilingual requirements sometimes mask intentional racial discrimination.

A job sector in the United States in which illegal aliens or guest workers predominate will soon be closed to anyone else on linguistic grounds alone.

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