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Latino Daily News

Monday July 26, 2010

English-Only in Lino Lakes Minnesota, WHY?

The small town has proposed an ordinance to convert their town to English-only as a “cost-savings” measure. The proposed ordinance would require all city actions and communications to be done in English, and bar the city from using public dollars to translate. The irony is that the city has never spent money on translation services and currently has no money allocated in the budget for it. To add insult to injury the majority of the town’s residents are white and only a small fraction, 1 percent to be exact, are Hispanic.

The cost-savings measure will not be saving residents a penny since they have never offered such services to the 1.8 percent of the town’s population who reportedly spoke English “less than very well,” making such services unnecessary in the first place.

Chuck Samuelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union-Minnesota explains, “If indeed there was a request to translate their website to this, that or the other language, they’d have something to actually debate, but this is really a PR thing,” or perhaps an anti-immigrant message, some would argue.

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