New view of im­mi­gra­tion

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Trump backs tough bor­der lim­its,” Busi­ness, Aug. 3

Don­ald Trump and Repub­li­can sen­a­tors have an­nounced that their new im­mi­gra­tion plan will fa­vor can­di­dates who speak English well.

I pre­dict that Trump will soon an­nounce the es­tab­lish­ment of the Trump Lan­guage Academy, schools around the world to help po­ten­tial im­mi­grants im­prove their English, lo­cated in Trump ho­tels. Tu­ition will in­clude lodg­ing at the ho­tels.

Text­books (in­clud­ing “The Art of the Deal”), ed­u­ca­tional tech­nol­ogy and English tests will be pro­vided by the Trump Lan­guage Academy.

Tif­fany Trump will serve as aca­demic di­rec­tor.

All prospec­tive im­mi­grants must pass the of­fi­cial Trump English Lan­guage Ex­am­i­na­tion. The ex­am­i­na­tion will not cover spelling.

Stephen Krashen Los An­ge­les

I had to mem­o­rize Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colos­sus” as a school­child and learned about the role our coun­try played in wel­com­ing im­mi­grants from places not as for­tu­nate or free as Amer­ica.

I can’t help but won­der if we will be chang­ing the words on the Statue of Lib­erty from the orig­i­nal to some­thing that re­flects our new pol­icy rec­om­men­da­tion on im­mi­gra­tion.

In­stead of the verse I learned, might I sug­gest: “Give me your rich, your white, your English speak­ers, yearn­ing to earn more. The wealthy no­bil­ity of other lands. Send these, the one per­cent, from a dis­tant shore. I lift my lamp so only those with gold may use our door.”

Or, we could just move Lady Lib­erty to Canada.

Michele Brit­ton Bass Santa Bar­bara

Wouldn’t it be in­ter­est­ing to know if Don­ald Trump’s grand­fa­ther, Friedrich, spoke English when he em­i­grated to the United States from Ger­many?

Les­lie Siev­ers Irvine

I be­gan my high school teach­ing ca­reer in the 1970s when the Viet­namese boat peo­ple started to ar­rive. Many en­rolled in the district where I worked.

I doubt many would have earned enough points to en­ter our coun­try un­der the pres­i­dent’s new im­mi­gra­tion plan. Af­ter all, they were poor, un­e­d­u­cated and didn’t speak English, yet they ended up be­ing out­stand­ing stu­dents. So many went on to col­lege and into well-re­spected pro­fes­sions. Our coun­try is richer be­cause of them.

The pres­i­dent is play­ing one group against an­other — im­mi­grants ver­sus lower-skilled Amer­i­cans — and that is un­for­tu­nate.

Mar­lin Sob­b­ota Ar­ca­dia

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