Originally Posted by patteeu
I agree completely with your point about assimilation, btw. I think potential legal immigrants should have to show a propensity to assimilate before they're accepted (e.g. learn English in your homeland and then apply to come here). Obviously, this is a separate issue from the issue of what we do with the millions of illegals who are already here.
Actually I think that a majority of legal immigrants now, do in fact try to learn English before they come. For one the process is extremely long so they have time. Also, if they are willing to go through the process and hoops to come here legally they are much more aware of what skills they will need to be successful here, of which learning the language is a major factor. They also feel a greater sense of pride after they get here because it was a struggle for them and they are far more appreciative of what they had to do. This is a far cry from the people who wake up one day and decide that in a week or two they are hopping a fence and coming here illegally.