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You are in a courtroom as a jury member and the judge has found a mother guilty of child abuse Do you think the mother should be punished What if the conviction is for simply speaking to the child in Spanish That was the situation is in Amarillo Texas 1995 where Judge Samuel Kiser decided the law could govern what language is spoken at ones home He told the mother Marta Laureano that she under court order was to speak English to her daughter The judge overstepped his jurisdiction and tread upon our personal rights Kisers judgment would have been fine as an opinion but it is not acceptable as a ruling Language should not be denied by the power of law If language could be denied in ones home it would further press open doors to shut out immigrant rights not only as Americans but as human beings If the law denied language basic rights would be denied Without the laws already in place language discrimination is bad enough in the court system as can be told with the Laureano case It would make it harder on children when bilingual education is taken away It would also make things more difficult for people already on the job who would face more discrimination than ever Right now there are two major groups US English and English Only who are pursuing the assimilation of immigrants by proposing English-Only laws when in fact there are many benefits of being bilingual These groups are often two-faced arguing that their laws would unite America when these laws are just leaving other Americans out One example how language discrimination is abused by the law is another event in 1995 A violation was given to truck driver Felix Zamora on the account of being a no-english driver Zamora lived in the United States for 14 years working for the same trucking company The violation was Zamoras first in America and he
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