To me this looks like a setup done just to aggravate the Texas Legislators...If the person has been in the United State since 1988 then he needs to speak english and english needs to be his primary language.....and it appears from his comments in english that he can speak english....Again just a setup to be able to make a fuss.....for me I'm all with Senator Chris Harris....
TX State Sen. Interrupts Immigrant’s Testimony: ‘Why Aren’t You Speaking in English?’
Posted on June 17, 2011 at 8:33am by Jonathon M. Seidl
During a Senate hearing on Monday, Antolin Aguirre of the Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition was testifying against Senate Bill 9, a law that would crack down on illegal immigrants in Texas. But instead of giving testimony in English, he decided to give it in Spanish and speak through an interpreter.
Harris wasn’t having any of that. KTRH-RADIO explains:
Two minutes into Antolin Aguirre’s testimony, Sen. Chris Harris, a Republican from Arlington, interrupted asking Aguirre’s interrupter, “Did I understand him correctly that he has been here since 1988?” Harris asked. “Why aren’t you speaking in English then?”
Through his interpreter, Aguirre said Spanish is his “first language and since it is his first time giving testimony he would rather do it in Spanish.”
“It is insulting to us,” Sen. Harris fired back. “It is very insulting. And if he knows English, he needs to be speaking in English.”
The bill, which would allow police officers to check a suspect’s immigration status, eventually passed the Senate and will now go before the House.