Don't get me wrong, ladies I do understand your reasoning and for many years felt the same way which is why I never took the time to learn the language properly. But I just don't see how it divides America.
Let's just call a spade a spade, the Hispanic population in the US is booming. Yes, legal and illegal immigration have a lot to do with it. Catholicism (no birth control) ALSO has a lot to do with it. My parents had 10 kids! Don't forget that some of the US territories have native Spanish speakers. The fact of the matter is that we just have to learn the language to keep up. Besides, knowing Spanish looks good on a resume and in many cases being bilingual pays more.
As for why don't the Spanish speakers learn English? Perhaps they don't have the resources or don't know how to access them.
I agree with you Brenda...it is a numbers game. Most countries in Europe are billingual due to their population and I imagine we will be too someday. Since my son is half hispanic, I wish the other side would speak Spanish to him so he could have that advantage a while because I think we are headed that way. However, he wouldn't understand if they did speak it, so the only time they do speak it is when they don't want him to understand what they are saying. The thing is he had a speech problem when he was little and had enough problems with English. I doubt he will learn Spanish....I wish he could though is my point. When I was living in South Texas and it is 99 percent hispanic, my biggest problem with it was that my friends and acquaintences would speak Spanish when I was around and they knew I didn't understand it....might even be why they did it.....just irritated me because it is like whispering...it is rude. However, they didn't see it that way and I eventually just quit caring and learned to live with it....love my friends, so what else could I do. Most the time, they would translate for me if I asked. For some reason, I just can't hear it....I think they speak too fast. I'm a little better with reading it or I used to be when I knew more of the vocab, I guess. At any rate, I think we are headed towards being a billingual nation and I'd much rather we teach our kids spanish and English and have more Spanish immigrants since they are Christian than any other nation...for instance, we have a large inflow of people from Africa now and they are mostly muslim...for good reason, all these muslims they are letting in scares the crap out of me and I hate seeing the women covering their faces....sets us back centuries for all the progress women have made in this country and the next thing I know we will have Sharia law in our courts...already do sometimes. Indeed, you can offend Christians all you want, but don't you dare offend a muslim. The atheist here in Mechanicsburg had a parade and made fun of the Pope and Mohammed...well, needless to say the atheist pretending to be Mohammed was attacked by a muslim man and apparently the judge said his free speech didn't matter and gave the atheist a lecture and didn't hold the muslim accountable for attacking him. (note...no Christian attacked the man making fun of the pope) Perhaps the judge was afraid of the moslems too....who knows....but I hate seeing our country over taken by muslims as any sane female should.