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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

NASHVILLE SAYS NO TO ENGLISH-ONLY AMENDMENT

Rating: 4 votes, 5.00 average.

I'm proud of my former hometown (though I'm there often enough for work that it still is a home away from home). The city has been known for its hospitality over the years - it once actually garnered an award for the friendliest city in America. But in recent years, it's hostile treatment of immigrants has been making national headlines. That largely stems from the city's aggressive sheriff and the use of its police force as immigration agents.

The city made headlines again in recent months for its attempt to pass a measure that would require require all city business be conducted in English.

The proposal was controversial enough to garner the warning of another large city that passed an English-only amendment - Miami. The Miami Herald last week ran this editorial warning the voters of Nashville about a host of unintended consequences that city experienced and why voters eventually decided to kill the requirement.  I grew up in Miami and remember the chaos that surrounded that referendum.

So yesterday voters in Nashville could have voted to continue down the same anti-immigrant path. Instead, they soundly rejected the proposal by a 56-44 percent margin.

I'm also glad to see the main sponsor of the proposal taking a civil tone in defeat:

On the losing side was Eric Crafton, a Metro Councilman from Bellevue.
Crafton had pushed a measure to make English the official language of
Metro government for two years. After a failed attempt to pass a
Council bill, Crafton gathered signatures of Davidson County voters.

His
first attempt, which would have put the proposal on the November
presidential election ballot, was disallowed by the Davidson County
Election Commission. Crafton went back to the drawing board and
gathered more signatures to force the special election.

In
defeat, Crafton promised to abide by the "wisdom of the voters," adding
that he was glad the issue was finally decided at the ballot.

"I
think it's been a net-positive for Nashville," Crafton said. "We've had
a discussion, the people have decided. I always said I would support
the collective wisdom of the citizens and they gave a clear statement
tonight."

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  1. Glen Harness's Avatar
    Perhaps it might be best if you actually had read the proposed amendment before commenting on it.

    "The city made headlines again in recent months for its attempt to pass a measure that would require require all city business be conducted in English including responding to 911 phone calls and witnesses reporting crimes to the police."

    This is an outright falsehood. I'm sure you're probably relying on the out and out propaganda the anti-English folks put out, but you really need to educate yourself before making statements like this.

    Another falsehood is that this was some sort of "anti-immigrant" measure. Again, anyone with a little bit of common sense who read the amendment would know this is not the case.

    The amendment simply said that all Metro Council business had to be conducted on one common language, English. It did not circumvent state or federal law that stated otherwise.

    The anti-English folks linked the second proposed amendment in with the first, telling their minions to vote NO on both of them. The second amendment would have eased the requirements for getting an initiative on the ballot and would have prevented Metro Council from circumventing the will of the people for a period of time.

    I guess you can get anything voted down if you promote and rely on the ignorance of the voters.
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Glen - I've edited to take out the 9-1-1 reference. But my point in the post remains precisely the same - that the referendum broadcast the message that Nashville is intolerant and is no longer the friendly city it has had by reputation.
  3. George Chell's Avatar
    Before asking others to learn English the good old southern whites should teach their kids proper English...At the spelling bee some white kid from Nashville was asked to spell a complicted word the first three letters being all...she never even got the first three letters right..she started by saying
    : O-I-L..and these people want English only..I agree but they should learn proper English first!
  4. J Kanika's Avatar
    The majority of Americans don't want amnesty for illegals.
    Their drain on our economy and social services far outweighs their contributions in most cases. Increased border security has lead to lower crime rates in US border cities, and its another way for the government to protect its citizens from the increasingly violent drug cartels from mexico and Central America.

    Controlled, legal immigration has always been accepted in our society, and its where many of our grandparents have come from. A reduction in legal immigration is appropriate in these lean economic times, and H1B visas should be further diminished as a way to protect the scarce jobs of our citizens.
  5. Robert Murphy's Avatar
    Greg Siskind: At last, A name from the liberal shadows, and an address. When you ram the open borders agenda through, and the repercussions ruin this country, Someone WILL be held accountable.
  6. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Hey Robert - Did it ever occur to you that making veiled threats and trying to intimidate people with different views is why anti-immigrants like yourself got pummeled - 56%! - in this race? Nashville has had it with that kind of nonsense. If you can't make your case based on logic and reasoned analysis, find another place to post.
  7. Ronald blakely Massey's Avatar
    Pro-Illegal Immigrant = Anti-American People
  8. Tony's Avatar
    The are not talking about IMMIGRANTS. They proposed the English only because of the massive influx of ILLEGAL aliens to the area.
    Why do you CONSTANTLY refer to illegal aliens as Immigrants. The term "Immigrants" implies that the people who are the focus of your blog are in our country legally.
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