Alejandrina Cabrera and Her Lost Cause in San Luis Arizona

It is bound to happen sooner or later. Let's just get it over with.

Take the case of Alejandrina Cabrera, a US citizen by birth, but live much of her life across the border in Mexico until returning to the USA in her High School years and learned "broken" English. Most of her communication in her daily life is done in Spanish with spattering of English when needed. Much of her family still lives across the border, yet, she lives in San Luis, Arizona and has decided to run for a seat on its city council.

Her application to run for office was denied based upon her lack of English proficient skills to conduct business in English only government, which is Arizona law. When she appealed through her attorney, the Court ruled:

"It was clear to the court that she was stymied by many questions, did not understand many questions, failed to comprehend what was being asked, and guessed at answers".

Of course, her attorney, states otherwise and that she can hold a basic conversation in English and this is apparent when viewing videos online or on TV, however, it is also apparent her English is just that, basic and choppy. She is not remotely fluent as many other Mexican-Americans on the city council.

San Luis, AZ, has about 25,000, while San Luis, Mexico, on the other side of the border, has 175,000. Her supporters cite that the "anglos" are prejudice for making English the only language of government because both languages are used in city council meetings, while Arizona state law mandates that all governmental business is only in English.

So, the she is taking the issue to Arizona's next higher court to resolve the question of, how proficient in English does a candidate have to be to run for public office? Governmental business does require more than just basic English in understanding many of the words. The State has a right itself to mandate that in government, it is English only. This has worked well in America's largest area of Los Angeles, whose major is Spanish, yet totally fluent in English. Why is this even an issue? The country we live in is America, home to many languages, but in government it is English. If an American goes to Mexico and runs for office, what language would they expect them to use fluently? Spanish.

Duh!

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geordmc 4 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

If I were to move to a country where English is not the first language I would be expected to learn their language to be able to communicate with the locals. It should be the same here. If you do not want to learn English GET OUT! Go back to where you came from. That being said there ARE many who are trying to learn but are having problems, which is not surprising since English is the most difficult to learn, it's up to us to help them. However, if you want to hold public office in the U.S. you NEED to learn the language,period.


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Ralph Deeds 4 years ago

Arizona has a well-deserved reputation for hostility to Mexicans--native Americans, documented immigrats, and undocumented immigrants. This is but one more example.


geordmc 4 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

Why is this hostile? The ability to be understood is paramount in communications if you want to be effective. As I stated, if I moved it would be up to me to learn the local language to be able to be understood when communicating with locals. There is nothing hostile about it. If you do not want to learn, leave. Don't expect me to learn your language if you are living here.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

I agree, there is nothing remotely it being hostile it is practical and if she just learns better english like other mexican -Americans who are on the council, the issue is moot. I am sure it is her attorney-pro bono-pushing all this for publicity.


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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

Finally a subject we agree upon!


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perrya 4 years ago Author

Yahoo!


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Ralph Deeds, spoken like a true Liberal. First question is have you ever even been to Arizona, or any state that borders Mexico? Based on your attitude I would doubt you have. Yes, Arizona is cruel asking that we can legally ask someone to produce ID. Every state requires drivers license, and when stopped by a cop you will be asked to show this piece of paper. You sir have no idea what you are talking about in regards to Arizona. Stick with your lib crap and you will do OK, just stay away from Arizona, we eat people like you for lunch since we are so cruel and barbaric.


Hxprof 4 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

I've often said to myself "What a pack of angry, white xenophobes, those folks in Arizona"....right! The fact that this woman Alejandrina Cabrera can even get to court with such an insane request shows how tolerant Americans are-in general.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

Well, look. If fellow mexican-americans who are also on the council feel that her English just isn't up to it for the position, the whole thing is bunk being pushed by some hungry attorney seeking fame.


Ezpikins 4 years ago

It is America. Simply put no nation in the world accommodates another language in its government. If you want to be apart of AMERICAN politics then learn English fluently. Just because the illegal alien issue exists in the USA's southern border region it is not justification that we should adopt Spanish as a second language. Our borders are also on Canada should we therefore make french a second language? And in Alaska should the language be Inuit? Please get real. This woman is legal why? Because her family stayed on this side after the American-Mexican wars? Learn English.


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FGual 4 years ago from USA

Ai don espik inglis, ai am estupet. Why doesn't she just run for office on the Mexican side? What a moronic bimbo. And for god's sake, can't we just stop beating up on Arizona.


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

This whole thing is about as moronic as the lady who spilled hot coffee in her lap and sued McDonalds, and won. There has to be some place bordering on common sense where we draw the line, and this case is way over that line.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

Agreed! We are all on the same page.


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TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Ralph Deeds,

You have got to be kidding. You no good Jessie Ventura, water head son of .....! You sit up there on your block of cheese and talk about something you have no clue about. Mexican-Americans own more business than all of us gringos put together. Does the name Ronstandt mean anything to you? Were you anywhere in the area when I helped pull the bloated half eaten corpse of a 15-year-old boy out of the desert? Dying of thirst is a horrible way to go. Do you have roads that are posted for no travel because drug cartels have taken them over in your state? What is it about illegal that you don't understand? We stand hand-in-hand with our brothers and sisters, regardless of race here in Arizona. We just don't like our infrastructure being destroyed from the inside out by people who come into this country illegally. Midwest? I love the heartland. I'm from the heartland, and I visit often. By the way, black jokes are still considered very funny there, you hypocritic fool. No Ralph, you have shown your ignorance. You sit up there on your high horse passing judgment where you have no experience and no knowledge. Stick to what you do. Stick to what you know. Help those people get that badly needed welfare check, and keep your dumb ass comments to yourself regarding my state. In closing, I want to make sure that you understand, just in case I haven't made it clear Ralph .. I don't like you. I don't like people who look like you, and I don't like people who think like you. You are negative, and you are a menace to anything that is positive. Stay where you're at, you're not welcome here. Besides, our sun would cook that pasty ass skin right off you. If I seem harsh I am. You have insulted a lot of good hard working people.

jim


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

Jim, quit beating around the bush and tell Ralph exactly how you feel. Why soft pedal it when you could just tell it like it is.

The sad thing is nobody who has never lived in a border state even has a clue how bad it is now. Like you said, parts of our own state we can't even visit because they are under control of the Mexican Drug Cartels.

We should actually have Ralph come visit and show him what a lovely spot this would be for a weekend camp out under the stars. He might just change his opinion.


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TheManWithNoPants 4 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Mike,

I don't think so my friend. Anybody that sits on their high horse judging a state full of people from over 1000 miles away by looking through the convoluted CNBC left wing lens, loses all of my respect, and I don't want this Poop Deck Pappy look-alike anywhere close to our state. Let him keep his opinion. Look at his work background. The guys never made any money in his life and will never have an impact on anything worthwhile. Just another wanna be intellectual bag of wind.

jim


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perrya 4 years ago Author

well, true, those who do not live in a border state have a less slanted view of immigration issues but even in many states not along a border there are pockets of similar issues. Even among border states, the experiences differ. AZ and TX are far different in many ways than CA, especially regarding the drug cartels etc.


dakota 4 years ago

Were her parents from the US or Mexico? the article said she was born here.Did they come here just to have her born in this country like so many do and then go back across the border.It says she was born here but spent most of her life in Mexico and only came back here in her high school days.Sounds kind of strange that she wants to run for office when she didn't live here most of her life. Why doesn't she go back to Mexico and run for office she obvisly liked it better there because she lived there most of her life.I think this is just another attempt to con the real citizens. And why is a whole town in the US is populatedc by mostly Mexicans?Don''t these people have a country of their own. These people are never going to have it better in their own country until they stop being cowards and do something about the conditions in their country. They need to stop invsding our country they have one of their own.Everytime they come here and have kids we end up educating them and providing for them. If they need work go work at one of our companies that moved across the borders.As it stands now we lost our companies and now we're letting the Mexicans come here and take what few jobs are left.


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perrya 4 years ago Author

Dakota, I cannot really disagree, sounds like it. This is FAR different IMO than teen in Georgia, who came to the US from Brazil when she was 2 and went to school here. Now, her parents, illegals, were killed in an auto accident. To me, she is American, yet, could get deported back to Brazil, which I think is dead wrong.

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