Senate passes English-only driver’s license exams

English would be the only language for a driver’s license exam in Georgia under a bill that passed the Senate Tuesday.

Bill sponsor Sen. Jack Murphy (R-Cumming) said the rule is needed for safety on the highway. The measure passed 37 to 14 and still needs to pass the House before it could be signed into law.

Murphy displayed road signs in the Senate chamber from foreign countries in foreign languages.

“I’m just trying to show a comparison between you driving in that country and someone who doesn’t understand English driving in our country,” Murphy told his colleagues.

“People need to be able to drive safely on our roads and read overhead signs,” Murphy said.

Opponents of Senate Bill 67 said it would be discriminatory against those not proficient in English. It would allow a driver’s license official to read the test to illiterate Georgians who can’t read street signs in any language, but would require foreigners who read another language to take the written exam in English.

The bill only applies to immigrants who are permanent residents of the United States who intend to stay here indefinitely. It does not apply to foreign visitors who come for short periods of time to visit or work.

Georgia offers driver’s license exams in English and about a dozen other languages.

About 5,000 people per month opt for one of the other languages, said Lester Hammond, director of legislative affairs for the Georgia Department of Driver Services.

The most popular languages aside from English are, Spanish, Japanese and Korean, in that order, Hammond said. Many people ask for the exam in Hindi, but the department doesn’t offer it, he said.

Supporters of the bill argued at a hearing before a Senate committee last month that permanent residents in the United States should speak English.

D.A. King, president of the Dustin Inman Society, an anti-illegal immigration group, spoke in favor of the bill, saying it’s necessary for public safety.
He also mentioned the biblical Tower of Babel, and said those who want to give the exam in many languages are in favor of “tearing the country apart and creating chaos.”

During the Senate debate Tuesday Sen. George Hooks (D-Americus) expressed concern that peach and cotton farms would be negatively affected because their workforce would not be able to get driver’s licenses to drive farm trucks.

“We are totally and completely dependent on migrant labor,” Hooks said of his region of the state.

Sen. Seth Harp (R-Midland) was one of the few Republicans to vote against the bill. He represents the Fort Benning area, which has a huge population of military personnel.

Many Latin Americans attend the U.S. Army School of the Americas there, Harp said. He did not want to make it more difficult for visiting military to get a driver’s license, he said.

60 comments Add your comment

NICK

March 10th, 2009
4:13 pm

FINALLY, the great state of Georgia is going to do something to fight illegal immigrants from obtaining drivers licenses and killing our citizens!

Either learn to speak, read and write English or go back to the $hithole country you came from!

These “bottom feeders” do nothing but spread crime and disease anyways…

former georgian

March 10th, 2009
4:14 pm

Yay! I’m glad that this has passed the Senate. It only makes sense if you want the privilege to drive in the state, you should be able to read English.

Neil

March 10th, 2009
4:14 pm

I’m really having a hard time understanding why anyone voted against this. Welcome immigrants and foreigners, but it’s time this country got back to it’s basics and stopped trying to please them on every request.

richard glover

March 10th, 2009
4:20 pm

Sen. Harp it is apperant you did not read the bill. it says in there if you are visting or working here for a short time you do not need to worry about it. get a clue before you comment. many of us here in Gainesville are all for it, considering that 5 out of 10 hispanics don’t have drivers liscnses anyway maybe it will send some of them home.

Rodney

March 10th, 2009
4:23 pm

I’m a democrat and I want something done about all the illegal construction help in GA. You pass any crew and you know at least 25% of the crew would be hard press to prove citizenship. I do not discriminate against those here legally but the money hungry Republicans and Democrats needs to save the jobs for the Americans period. Work we will not do indeed. Heck if it the only work we will do it. And we know there is no work and american won’t do now.

Csquared

March 10th, 2009
4:25 pm

Immigrants H**L, this gonna cause some good ole boys and girls no driving privileges too. You know what i’m talking about. Seems like half the drivers in Atlanta can’t read street signs or know what color light means stop. Doesn’t matter if it’s in English or some other language. I’m not worrying over the illegals here. It’s those folks that act like they own these roads and can’t be bothered to read the signs that make me skittish.

Amarylin Neill

March 10th, 2009
4:26 pm

WOW! I took the test in English and my first language is Spanish. The Spanish translation on the test was so confusing and done so badly that I preferred taking the test in English and I passed on the first try.

SirReal

March 10th, 2009
4:41 pm

Hey Nick, So what I’d like to know is what diseases they have. As a matter of fact, you’re right. Everyone dies whenever “one of them” comes around huh? Get real!!!! Do you have your hooded outfit in the closet as well?

Wow

March 10th, 2009
4:42 pm

Hmmmm…. something doesn’t add up. Sen. Murphy claims that those receiving a license should be able to read English, yet those that are illiterate can still receive a handicap while taking the test… So we can discriminate against those not proficient in english yet those who claim they cannot read anything we let off the hook.

We need to get off our high horse. What if you were living in France on a work visa and your job required you to get a license but you need to be proficient in reading French before you are able to drive because you wont be able to properly drive in that country without knowing the language….

Ignorance is the downfall of this country.

Atlanta_Tiger_Fan

March 10th, 2009
4:49 pm

Good bill, if someone can’t read English they should not be driving in our country. As for the illegals, GO HOME!!!!

Donna P.

March 10th, 2009
4:53 pm

This should save the state some money. I was shocked to learn there are non-English language driving exams. All the road signs are in English, why not the driving exam as well?

Bring Me the Head of Deforest Kelley

March 10th, 2009
5:14 pm

This will cost the state revenue too. 5000 non-English tests per month equates to $1.2M in revenue a year. Last time I looked, the state budget wasn’t flush with money. But of course, this is Georgia, so any chance to slam the doors shut on tolerance and diversity is worth leaving revenue off the table.

All these commenters are so blinded by their own distaste for people with a different culture to understand that making it harder for non-English speakers to get a drivers liscense won’t simply drive all these people away. The only people it could drive out of state are those who want to drive legally – typically people with higher incomes, paying higher taxes and providing services we all benefit from. Those that will stay will be the ones who don’t bother to have a license when they drive – which in turn will make the roads less safe, not more. I’d certainly rather drive alongside someone who passed the driving test – even if it were in a different language – than someone who opted to skip it altogether.

This bill is typical work by Georgia politicians. Georgia just continues to become more irrelevant everyday as the rest of the world moves forward.

Stewart

March 10th, 2009
5:20 pm

Consider how much English you really need to know to drive a car. Most critical signs are symbols as well as words – they are made that way for easy recognition from a distance. It doesn’t take long to get a rudimentary understanding of the language so that you can get the gist of more complex signs. No, this bill won’t do much to make us safer. All it will do is make life harder for immigrants entering this state – of any origin, and for any purpose. While I’m sure that intent doesn’t bother some of those who posted here, it should regardless be made clear.

Bubbas stay out of politics!

March 10th, 2009
5:29 pm

Thanks Wow! Not to mention the fact that signage color and shapes are the most basic clue as to their information and command? And we added what were supposed to be internationally recognized symbols (e.g., the red circle with diagonal slash and all those black shadow figures). And aren’t numbers (like a speed limit) recognized by more cultures than hispanics?

If we need to get rid of the illegal immigrants (which is fine since they do strain our state and federal “benefits”), then just do it above board. Go to job sites and ask for their papers (work visa or green card) and if they can’t produce it, then deport them. How to pay for it you ask? How about with all the money saved in state services? Like wasting all this time worrying about what language a driver’s license should be in. I don’t think it’s fair to those who have legally immigrated and are making an effort to just learn English. Furthermore, for all you who think someone should know English if they want to live here then make it an immigration requirement at the federal level before you let them in the country.

We have too many bubbas in the assembly that just don’t have the ability to get to the root of the problem and deal with that rather these stupid little tactics that will never solve the actual issue.

Ashley

March 10th, 2009
5:35 pm

Nick,
I just thought I would let you know that illegal immigrants CANNOT get a driver’s license.

Rod

March 10th, 2009
5:53 pm

If you can’t read English – I DON’T WANT YOU DRIVING ON THE ROAD!!!

bigred

March 10th, 2009
5:54 pm

It is about what we need to do HERE in Georgia,HERE in the US.NOT what is going on in FRANCE,WOW!!!Ever heard the saying,when in ROME? IF others here in this country,legal or not,think living with these types of laws is unfair,fine.That is your opinion and you are entitled to it and can voice it.You know why you can? Because of all the sacrifices made by those proud and tall men and women who thought our freedom was worth fighting for and dying for.AND I SALUTE those and the ones who continue to fight.THERE is no inherit right to have anything just given us.If I did go to France and I decided I wanted to live there,how arrogant on my part to think they should change all their lives and laws to accomodate ME? I think for most,it is just another excuse not to asimilate into the population and stay secregated on their own.It is time to send a message that you cannot continue to drink from the well and not eventually drain it when the resources cannot be replenished.I have to carry HIGH $$ insurance coverage to make sure I am covered because someone NOT INSURED or UNLICENSED hits me or causes an accident that I get caught up in!I am sick and tired of those who conveniently use NO HABLA ENGLASH to make fools of those gullible enough to believe it.Enough is Enough! Get with the program or go back to where you came from and renew your license there,in YOUR OWN LANGUAGE!!!!

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BrendaK

March 10th, 2009
6:00 pm

Ashley – Oh, yes, they surely can and have. What they frequently don’t get, though, is insurance. Which costs all of us in additional insurance costs.

If you want to drive, you need a license. If you want to drive in Georgia, you need to be able to pass the test to get a license. If you want to pass the test, you need to be able to READ THE DAMN SIGNS and READ THE DAMN LAWS OF DRIVING IN THIS STATE.

Consistency Note: No, I do NOT think an exception or special treatment should be extended to the illiterate.

nita

March 10th, 2009
6:05 pm

Once again the redneck, bigot sets Georgia back further and further

deegee

March 10th, 2009
6:09 pm

You have to be a citizen or a legal immigrant in order to get a drivers license. The DMV check papers. The only way that an illegal immigrant gets a valid drivers license is if they happen to come into contact with a crooked drivers license examiner.

Can Jack Murphy let us know how many serious accidents are caused by permanent legal residents that took their driving test in a language other than English? Can Jack Murphy explain why temporary legal residents who are less invested in the U.S. and therefore less likely to be interested in learning English should be exempt from the law? Can Jack Murphy explain why the DMV should now be responsible for understanding the nuances of immigration law and distinguishing between the various types of permanent and temporary immigration visas? Has Jack Murphy done a feasibility study to determine whether or not the additional burden on the DMV will result in fewer accidents? Or has Jack Murphy once again jumped on the English Only (almost) bandwagon?

Shannon, M.Div.

March 10th, 2009
6:13 pm

Let me make sure I have this right.
1) You cannot get insurance without a drivers’ license.
2) People like bigred are complaining because uninsured immigrants are driving around.
3) The obvious conclusion: make it more difficult for them to get a drivers’ license.

What?

Okay, let me try again. Obviously I’m missing the rationale behind this bill.

1) People who cannot read street signs are dangerous drivers.
2) A lot of immigrants cannot read street signs because they are in English.
3) We should make sure that they cannot get licenses unless they can read English–for safety’s sake.
4) A lot of native sons and daughters can’t read, either.
5) We will offer an exemption for them; they can have the test read aloud.
6) We will also provide people in the cars with them to read signs to them as they drive around.

I’m sorry, I don’t have the tax money for that. You Republicans, always wanting to expand government–wait, what’s that? You don’t plan to provide people in the cars with them? Then… I’m sorry, I fail to understand how that bill addresses the safety issue.

Sheesh.

PR

March 10th, 2009
6:18 pm

It’s about time. I’m tired of all the spineless politicans bending over for all the illegals and their big-mouth attornies. If you can’t speak our languge, and you don’t want to learn it…GO HOME! We don’t need you wetbacks here.

Stephanie

March 10th, 2009
6:19 pm

In Seoul, South Korea, nearly every “sign” is printed bilingually in Korean/English. A great help to a southern white girl who was deperately trying to learn Korean. I have always found it ironic that America claims to be the “melting pot,” “salad bowl,” and e pluribus unum when there is the presence of so much racism, linguism, and stereotyping. How would you know if someone was here illegally doing construction? It must be an assumption based on superficial features such as skin tone and/or language use. Certainly, none of you possess the right to demand indentification or proof of citizenship/residency. After all, this isn’t 1930’s Germany, or is it? For every person who judges these “illegals” and/or “Spanish” speakers this way, you do not represent the ideas that America wishes to spread.

America does not possess a national or official langauge, even though some states have chosen to do so. There is a reason for this. The languages our immigrant ancestors brought with them were valued at some point, then demolished by those who believed we should only speak one language. All of that knowledge has been lost to us because oppressors who convinced us that the use of more than one language is somehow bad.

As for the reference to the tower of Babel, in the story, it was God who was upset at the use of one language, and He is the one who created many. So I would say that God is most definitely a bilingual, no, a multilingual advocate. And we all know that He always wins in the end.

SugarHillDawg

March 10th, 2009
6:29 pm

I’m all for too but it will be thrown out by some ITP judge.

Shannon, M.Div.

March 10th, 2009
6:41 pm

SugarHillDawg, it *should* be thrown out if the rationale behind it is safety in READING street signs but there are exceptions made for the illiterate.

Anne

March 10th, 2009
6:56 pm

Dear Senator Murphy,
Thank you so much, I am so proud to live in Georgia. Senator, do not let the opposition sway you. We should build a monument to you for standing up to the Polically Correct who lack common sense.

vuduchld

March 10th, 2009
7:03 pm

I find it interesting that all of a sudden our politicians care so much for our safety on the highways . Excuse me, but every time I hear one of these idiot politicians in this state talk about “public safety” I want to throw up! And I also find it interesting that all the responses on here are about foreigners speaking or learning “English”. Well, how about people who can READ!! There are a plethora of Georgians in this state who can’t even read the phrase “see spot run” and believe you me, I have met quite few who are non-foreigners and Georgia residents. So please, spare me this hypocritical crap!! If these “politicians” were so concerned about our safety, there would be more efficient public transportation to take our citizens from point A to point B. However, I do welcome the bill because now the ignorant hillbilly non-foreigners in this state will finally be required to speak and read English!

Missy

March 10th, 2009
7:10 pm

Spend one day in Miami, or anywhere in South Florida and you will see why it is important to preserve our language. I moved from South Florida because speaking english is no longer a requirement to work for both government and private jobs. Street signs and Billboards are in Spanish, and if you speak english you MUST also speak spanish to get a job- even in professional settings. it didn’t happen overnight. Rather, it started with tiny concessions and accommodations. KUDOS to the senate members that voted in favor of english only!! Lets preserve America!

Jay

March 10th, 2009
7:26 pm

So illiterate English-speaking Georgians can take the exam, but not literate non-English speakers? I’d rather have somebody who can’t speak English at least know that the Stop sign means “stop” in their language, than not being able to drive (while the cast of Deliverance runs rampant on Georgia’s highways, not being able to understand any signs in any language).

We have to stop these attacks on immigrants. Now that American big business and corporations ruined the economy they want to blame immigrants for it, who work harder than any native born American while getting paid much less. Viva la raza y’all…

emack06

March 10th, 2009
7:29 pm

Wow PR, you gripe about illegals not speaking English, yet you can’t write it. The plural form of attorney is attorneys. So maybe you should turn in your driver’s license.

pat

March 10th, 2009
7:35 pm

In case you cannot add, most people are against illegals living and working in our country, choking our schools and hospitals, destroying our neighborhoods with third world culture, gangs, drunken driving and child molestation. Oh, and add the cost of the anchor babies. So, why are they here, not in the shadows by any means, but on our job sites and even marching in our streets demanding more benefits?

This is beyond racketeering on the part of employers – it is treason. Wages and jobs have been cut from taxpaying citizens, and then they couldn’t pay for their house and their car since the illegals arrived in droves.

Enough. Driver’s license tests should only have been in one language to begin with. The problem is that illegals are too stupid and too lazy to learn in their native tongue, let alone another

emack06

March 10th, 2009
7:47 pm

As an add-on to this bill, I suggest the senator also request and appropriate educational funds for our elementary schools in poor and/or immigrant communities in order to adequately provide resources to property teach the English language. Otherwise, this bill is just more hypocrisy.

Alecia

March 10th, 2009
8:07 pm

So, we are going to give the illiterates an oral test and expect them to read the signs once they are on the road. The reason behind this bill is to make the roads safer and make sure that drivers can read the signs. Now I see why Georgia rates where it does for education.

June

March 11th, 2009
9:45 am

To Senator Hooks, who says Georgia is totally and completely dependent on migrant (illegal) labor. I’m sure the farmers who won’t pay Americans a decent wage have saved enough on illegal labor to buy a convoy of trucks. Let them pick up the workers if the red, white and blue no longer matter to them.

Julie

March 11th, 2009
11:15 am

America IS a melting pot, but for those who want to become all-American and take those steps to become a LEGAL citizen. Illegals have no place in the U.S. and definitely shouldn’t be allowed any sort of license…period. Finally, a state that has the guts to say “no” to those people who think America is their own personal bank account. Bottom line, the driver’s test will be given in English because English is the language of this land. Anyone who chooses to hold onto their own language shouldn’t be allowed to drive because they can’t read and comprehend the laws that it takes to drive safely on our roads.

Hooray, Georgia! I only wish Texas had the guts to do the same thing. We have illegals crawling all over the place here and we want them OUT.

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American K

March 11th, 2009
2:21 pm

bubba says: Furthermore, for all you who think someone should know English if they want to live here then make it an immigration requirement at the federal level before you let them in the country.

I agree!! while english IS a requirement to become a naturalized citizen, it is probably not required for those coming over here on work visas. if this is the case we need laws on the books requiring legal foreign workers to be proficient in english before they are accepted into our country.
actually i would like to see a freeze on foreign workers until we can get control of our borders and deport the illegal aliens that are already here. american’s need those jobs now more than ever. there is no need to bring more in as many just overstay their visas anyway.

I’m very happy to see that GA is trying to do something about this.
from what i hear, Georgia has a huge illegal alien problem and Atlanta is the hub for human and drug smuggling from mexico.
this is a great start. i hope other states will follow in GA’s footsteps.

hope

March 11th, 2009
2:35 pm

This is NOT an issue of illegal immigrants. It is the Department of Driver Services’ (hasn’t been the DMV in a while, folks) responsibility to verify that that an applicant is legally allowed to receive a driver’s license in this country/state. If anyone is claiming the purpose of this law is to keep illegal immigrants from receiving driver’s licenses then they are accepting an assumption that DDS is abdicating its legal duty. And if that is this bill’s purpose in any way (which it does not appear to be) than that is shameful. We do not create laws to cover the butts of those who are not complying with the laws that are already in existence. So any comments that reference illegal immigrants in any way- in support or critique are in completely the wrong discussion.

Kathleen

March 11th, 2009
4:52 pm

Do people understand how our tax dollars are being wasted? Someone explain to me why one minute would be spent debating whether license tests should be given in any other language than what is the declared language in America – ENGLISH. Those who do not have a “working knowledge” of English should not be driving on our roads, nor should they be eligible to vote. LaRaza and other anti-American organizations are attempting to turn this country into mirror images of corrupt third world countries. Americans are well-aware that unity (language, culture) is what made this country great; diversity is what is destroying it.

Larry

March 11th, 2009
5:55 pm

Susan

March 11th, 2009
10:25 pm

Jay said: “We have to stop these attacks on immigrants. Now that American big business and corporations ruined the economy they want to blame immigrants for it, who work harder than any native born American while getting paid much less. Viva la raza y’all…” ———————————————- Nobody is attacking immigrants. We just want them to be able to read and understand English so they can be safe drivers. Nobody is blaming immigrants for ruining the economy. There is no single cause for the economy being in its current slump. There is no proof that immigrants work harder than native born Americans. That is simply your opinion. By the way, Remember The Alamo!

Priorities

March 12th, 2009
5:55 am

Funny how the state senate argued most of the day about language issues and made a deal about an already politicized issue while legislation to help a with autistic children barely made it to the floor in time to be considered. Think long and hard Georgia about who represents you and who is really trying to serve the people of Georgia and who is trying to make a political statement to secure their base supporters.

MDinGA

March 12th, 2009
9:06 am

If you want to live here, great. Immigrate LEGALLY and learn the language. I’m not so sure that illiterates should be driving either – if you’re not smart enough to read, is there a compelling reason why we should let you run a 2 ton piece of metal at speed on a road with us??

Bottom line: Driver’s licenses are a privilege, not a right. If you want to drive, get an education…at least be educated enough to read simple road signs.

JMT

March 12th, 2009
2:08 pm

Richard Glover, Yes, Apparently Harp either has a problem w/ reading comprehension skills (in English) OR he is knowingly giving out a bull excuse to vote against it.

Roberta13

March 13th, 2009
11:23 am

Hate to tell you guys but illegals can get car insurance WITHOUT a license. Was sitting in an emergency room and the illegal next door had a car accident, no license but gave the officer his insurance card. Now how did he do that?

RKSinCharlotte, NC

March 14th, 2009
9:55 pm

Please note that the part of the test that is being proposed to be in English is the written part. Let’s see, testing about: driving privileges and cautions about drinking and driving; driving safety with points on protecting yourself, your passengers and other drivers on the road, including school buses, ambulances, etc; and sharing the road with bicycles, other vehicles, and such. How much of that is important? How much of that is something that the driver needs to discuss with anyone in English? NOTHING. Now, driving itself – that’s a separate test.
But making sure that someone has passed the written test is the greatest indicator we have that we are keeping unskilled or dangerous drivers off the road. I’d like to know the drivers behind me, next to me, and in front of me know in any language how to drive in the United States and they have to demonstrate that by passing the written test.
We Americans need to lighten up and realize that the rest of the world thinks we’re really childish about this English only business. The people who come here from other countries do want to learn English, but anyone who has tried to learn a foreign language knows it takes time. And, aside from the Native Americans who were already here, and the people brought from Africa against their will, the rest of us are descendants of immigrants who ought to know better.
There are some who want to close the door on anyone who is not “like us” whatever that means, but we are all in this world together. The economic mess we are in right now would be worse on the USA if our doors were closed to the rest of the world, for example.
Whatever happened to southern hospitality?

otter357athotmail

March 24th, 2009
8:26 am

The people that sponsor Senate 67 must know that it will cost some number of lives over the years it is in force. But to these members, those lives are worth the political hay they will make, insisting on something that repels no immigrants and makes the roads collectively even more ignorant and deadly. Let me explain.

Last year there was a big rain and windstorm and many traffic lights were out. Locals knew what to do, you treat it like a four way stop. I saw confusion in some Hispanic faces. Widely held copies of the rules of the road, for all drivers, regardless of status or first language, saves lives, and that argument trumps all other feelings and political intents.

Or it should, if the state legislature had statesmen rather than scared power hoarders. I should say: Scared ignorant power hoarders ready to say their populist power consolidation is worth the deaths that increased road ignorance will bring. I’m no immigrant coddler, but this is petty death producing, wrong headed legislation.

There should be Spanish drivers’ manuals all over the place. We might make them mandatory for taxi companies and truck drivers. I think that a copy of the driving regulations should be in every car, regardless of language, and Especially in the foreign language cars. In whatever language they can read.

I can’t quantify the effect, but it is clear wider common knowledge of road rules equals better safety. If the state wants to pass a law, why don’t they pass one so that the state gets a real benefit, i.e. less people killed on the road. The only benefit of this senate 67 is the consolidation of the politician and party’s power, by uniting the English only crowd. The people of the state lose. Why is this good for the state’s drivers? It isn’t, but who cares, eh? It’s got yahoo power parties can feed off of. So what if there’s a few more Georgians killed, eh?

Blue Sky Publishing Company in Marietta wants to distribute a Spanish version of the drivers’ manual. We have plenty of pending orders, even one from the Governors’ Council on Highway Safety, and a lot from the Latin American Association, Food Depot and Borders. We hold the translation copyright and have already test printed a colorful
8 x 11 version; nicer that the state’s. Four years ago. I still carry one around, hopefully.

But we can’t find an auto insurance company brave enough to buy the ad space, and we’d need that revenue to make the numbers work, so we’ve let it languish. Mr. Bodycombe has been begging for a major auto insurance company to buy the covers, but he’s been helpless so far. As a salesman, he makes a good bookworm.

But there are only six states left that don’t print foreign language drivers’ manuals and tests. Of course we’re one of them.

Rich Bodycombe
Blue Sky Publishing Company
rbodycombe@hotmail.com

rick

March 26th, 2009
11:03 pm

SEEMS LIKE YOU GUYS ARE THOSE WHO WOULD KILL JESUS WHEN HE CAME……… THAT’S GREAT FOR CHRINTIAN COUNTRY…I KNOW LIVING LIKE THAT IS NOT LEGAL, SO TELL TO THE GOVERNMENT DO SOMETHING, BECAUSE EVERYBODY COMPLAIN, BUT ALL THESE RACIST “CHRISTIANS” TAKE ADVANTAGE ON THE ILLEGALS, HIRING THEM TO CLEAN THEIR HOUSES AND CUT THE GRASS FOR A BETTER PRICE…AND THE COOL THING IS THAT WHEN THE “CHRISTIANS” ARE READING THIS THEY ARE MAKING FUN OF MY ENGLISH INSTEAD OF THINK ABOUT WHAT I AM SAYING………..I AM ILLEGAL, I LOVE THIS COUNTRY, I PAY MY TAXES, I TRY TO SPEAK ENGLISH, I PAY MY TAXES AS A CITIZEN SHOULD DO, BUT SOMETIMES I FEEL BAD BECAUSE EVENTHOUGH I JUST READ WHAT I READ…I JUST WANNA KNOW WHAT WOULD JESUS DO??????? COULD A REAL CHRISTIAN TELL ME ??????

Mariela

April 1st, 2009
11:53 am

Too many bubbas in Georgia & in the Georgia Assembly? That’s true.
Directional signs (like STOP, and –> arrows <—) can be read by anyone in the world. Other signs like names of Cities are all in English?? — Oh,yeah: like Vidalia (a Spanish word) & Atlanta (Spanish word) and “Colombia.” Duh! This will NEVER be an ENglish-Only-Speaking country. Never has & Never Will Be. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

juan jose (lol)

May 6th, 2009
11:22 am

Dont they have other important issues to worry about?? THE TRUTH IS NO REDNECK IS GOING TO WORK UNDER THE HOT BLAZING SUN DOING CONSTRUCTION WORK, FARM WORK…WE JUST DO THE JOBS YOU GUYS DONT WANT SO STOP WITH THE LAME EXCUSES AND ADMITT YOU GUYS ARE REALLY THE LAZY ONES LIVING OFF THE GOVERNMENT

Stealth

September 2nd, 2009
12:54 am

This is a great idea, we have many Refugees here in Michigan, they take the State test in English and pass on the first try, some have been in this country for less than a couple months. The reason they pass, Education, taking ESL classes to learn basic English.. They are fully aware and understand what is expected to survive in another country..I dont understand why these people dont take advantage of the free programs the state has set forth to help them learn English, they seem to always want the easy, lazy way out..Living in America is not about taking, taking, taking and I’m glad were enforcing English test to get those lazy free loaders off their @$$ to at the least, try to learn English..

pablo

December 13th, 2009
4:59 pm

Sen Seth Harp, another confused Republican. He does not want to make it difficult for his Latin American visitors so we can have a multi-cultural-multi-language society that requires more taxpayers dollars to support. Sen Harp needs to think AMERICAN and ENGLISH first.

Juan

January 17th, 2010
1:32 pm

Many people are surprised to learn that the United States has no official language. As one of the major centers of commerce and trade, and a major English-speaking country, many assume that English is the country’s official language. But despite efforts over the years, the United States has no official.

Language Spanish was the language spoken by the first permanent European settlers in North America.It was brought to the territory of what is the contemporary U.S. in 1513 by Ponce de León. In 1565, the Spaniards, by way of Juan Ponce de Leon, founded St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest, continuously occupied European settlement in the continental U.S. The oldest city in all of the U.S. territory is San Juan, capital of Puerto Rico, where Juan Ponce De León was its first governor.

so to all the white people in Georgia don’t forget that we were in this lands before your all came from Europe, and we learn spanish from the Spanish conquistadors when the came to our land back in the 1492. maybe your are not going to understand about this little history that I wrote here because your are all .ignorant that you don’t know about history.

Devildog

March 31st, 2010
7:26 pm

Juan, we ran you guys off. Remember?
We were much kinder, though, than your Spanish ancestors in South America where they either enslaved or killed the native population.

Nate

April 1st, 2010
9:08 am

I saw someone comment how some of our native sons and daughters will be handicapped by this because they can’t read. Sorry, but if you can’t read then you probably shouldn’t be driving anyway. I’ll toss those two in the same bin.

Also, the history lessons are getting old and the logic behind them is dated. America -was- once a melting pot for all to come and free themselves from religious oppression or whatever reason. Times have changed and the country has become over-saturated with it’s politcal correctness. Without a foundation of language, standard of citizenship, and proper enforcement we will sent into disarray.

Thank you, Georgia, for having the guts to try and establish some sort of foundation in a country that is being torn apart from the inside.

DAVE

April 16th, 2010
5:33 pm

what a bunch of F&$^%4%G Yahoos inbred mf’S

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rich

July 3rd, 2010
11:25 am

Should american service members serving overseas in countries where they can’t speak the language be allowed to drive? I work for the US military and live in Japan. My work supports your American way of life and freedom of speech-even when you are speaking racist comments like many of the comments posted here. Thank goodness the Japanese aren’t so racist to take away my and other American miliary personels right to drive a car in their country.

We do have to pass a driving test on driving in Japan-in English.
Should Japan/Germany/Korea/Afganistan/Iraq allow American soldiers to drive without learing the language?

Karen from Pembrook

September 20th, 2010
1:48 pm

I believe that if you want to come to this country we will be happy to accept you, but, why do we have to learn your language? You should learn ours! Its our country. And as far as Americans not wanting the jobs that they do, what a bunch of bull crap! Want to make unemployment go down? Tell the ones collecting it that they will go and do those jobs and get extra help if needed, and if they think they are too good to do the jobs, then they just won’t get hard working American’s money anymore. NO arguments! And one person mentioned how many illegals are working. Well, give some American’s jobs that go around to ALL businesses and deport all illegals. If we would crack down real hard on them, they will think twice before they come here and there will be a lot of job openings for Americans.