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This is happening now in San Luis, Arizona. A woman is trying to run for city council even though she does not speak English proficiently. This is in violation of an Arizona law requiring elected officials to know English.
Alejandrina Cabrera has needed an interpreter and has been deemed, based on testing by a sociolinguistics expert, to not be proficient in English.
The case is being referred to the Arizona Supreme Court. In a previous hearing she was unable to answer questions posed to her in English.
I'm a little confused as to the issue here. How could anyone reasonably think it is okay for an elected official be unable to speak, read, and understand English?
This case is telling in that it is even being brought at all. The reality is that we are losing the American southwest to Mexico. We need to win cases like this to draw a line in the sand.
One interesting aspect of this to watch for is that the main allegation by her lawyers is that the law does not define what "proficiency" means. If they are true than this is a fair assertion and a major flaw by the officials that enacted it. This could lead to the law being overturned and elected officials then not being required to speak English.
With the population of Arizona trending Hispanic, will the state legislature and Governor be able to pass another law requiring English?
Elected officials not needing to speak English very easily could become the law of the land in Arizona.