Basta!! Patrick McIlheran!
In his latest "Quick Hit" Patrick McIlheran implies that the very foundations of American civilization are threatened by Spanish speaking residents refusing to learn English.
Of course, nothing could be further from the truth!
Spanish speaking immigrants and their progeny are learning English. They must to survive in the United States.
It is true that adult immigrants often struggle with learning a new language, just as earlier generations of non-English speaking immigrants did. Adult brains simply aren’t as adaptive as those of younger people.
The children and grandchildren of today’s Spanish speaking immigrants, like the children of previous generations of immigrants from Europe and elsewhere, adopt the language of their new country. Travel anywhere in the world and you will see people of African decent speaking French, German, and Italian, Iranians speaking Swedish, Norwegian and Spanish and Latinos speaking English!