Let me explain to those of you, who think that we should cater to people who don't speak English, what it is like for non English speakers when they have an emergency. I work as an Answering Service Operator, which means I answer telephones for Doctors Offices and other businesses after hours. On several occasions, I have had people calling for help, but are unable to speak English at ALL. MOST of these people first and foremost feel that I should learn THEIR language, instead of them learning MY language. They are rude and angry because I speak English ONLY. And most importantly, I am unable to get their information, so they CAN be helped, and even if I could speak their language, the doctors can't speak their language. So we're really doing a disservice to people by trying to accommodate all of these different foreign language speakers, because they're often unable to get the help they need.
Also, I don't know where some of you come up with the WHITE thing. Yes, there are a lot of Hispanics in here in Los Angeles, who don't speak English (and I might add, don't even try to learn English), but there is also a HUGE Russian community here who don't speak English, as well as Korean people and Armenian people. Sadly, I hate to say it, but The Hispanic immigrants are less interested in learning English than most of the other immigrants, and the fact is, they get MORE HELP than any other group of non American people. It has NOTHING to do with being White. There are Hispanic Native Born Americans, who only speak English as well. It has NOTHING to do with being White. It has to do with immigrating into another Country and being willing to assimilate into the culture of the Country they have chosen to live in. If we didn't cater to all of these different people, no MATTER what Country they came from, they would be much better off, and YES, they would be able to move out of poverty, and into a better lifestyle.
They have the opportunity to get ALL of the help they need to learn the Language as well as the laws of the land. There are night schools all over the place where they can learn English, if they are willing to try to learn.