I am utterly dismayed, disgusted, disgruntled, disappointed that growing numbers of local employers continue to require bilingual employees. Sometimes it is required that you are bicultural. How completely wrong it is to cater to a group of people who came to an ENGLISH SPEAKING country and demand their ENGLISH SPEAKING citizens to learn the newly-arrived's language. This situation is no different than the english-speaking europeans who came to this country and took over the native's land and language.
History, I see, is repeating itself. Only this time, the native's are allowing and actually encouraging the takeover by pandering in a pathetic manner. As a result, many of us are simply being left out of the job market, simply because we cannot speak the newly arrived citizen's language.
This is unacceptable.
There are services available to the newly arrived south-of-the-border citizen to learn English. However, the same services are not available to those of us who, well, were here first to learn Spanish. What else is there to say other than WTF is up with that? Where is the fairness?
Local social service agencies are backlogged with people, the large percentage of them folks who have migrated from Mexico, leaving those of us who, well, were here first, unable to access said services, provided by agencies for whom we have been pumping our tax dollars into for years.
I can understand the desire to escape deplorable situations, to find a better life elsewhere (although the U.S. is quickly becoming a place NOT to do just that). I understand from experience how strong those survival needs are. I understand the sense of entitlement, the desperation, the self-focused thoughts and behaviors that go along with said survival needs. However, let's be practical, logical with this. It is only fair that whoever was here first never be left behind or out due to an influx of newly arrived citizens. And this is what is happening.
Something must be done.
Close the damn borders already and let us go back to english speaking/business as usual! Rather than continuining to allow people IN in such an irresponsible manner, over-populating communities, over-taxing services, let's instead end this fucking war on terror and the war on drugs, reinstate fair and just tax codes on the corporations, and use some of that revenue to help those people in other nations seeking to escape conditions that are even worse than the poorest of the poor in the states.
Of course, I have other ideas on what to do with those in charge of keeping the System of Poverty going, but I've already inserted my foot in my mouth enough for one day.