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Damn Good Advice

June 15, 2007

Like many Americans, my recent ancestors immigrated to the United States. I’ve been to Ellis Island and seen their names. They came to America to be Americans.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who immigrated to the US from Austria, gave some damn good advice.

“You’ve got to turn off the Spanish television set” and avoid Spanish-language television, books and newspapers, the Republican governor said Wednesday night at the annual convention of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

“You’re just forced to speak English, and that just makes you learn the language faster,” Schwarzenegger said.

“I know this sounds odd and this is the politically incorrect thing to say, and I’m going to get myself in trouble,” he said, noting that he rarely spoke German and was forced to learn English when he emigrated from Austria.

Schwarzenegger was responding to a question about how Hispanic students can improve academically.