It has been an ongoing issue of debate on whether or not immigrants to America should have to learn to speak English or not. Recently a Philadelphia restaurant has taken matters into its own hands and adopted an English-only ordering policy. They have posted a sign declaring “This is AMERICA: When ordering ‘SPEAK ENGLISH.’”

Ironically the owner, Joseph Vento, 66, comes from a family of immigrants himself. His grandparents immigrated from Sicily in the 1920s and have encountered the same sort of prejudice as Vento himself is displaying. Vento said he has gotten criticism and threats, and that one person even “hoped that his place would burn down.” He began by saying, “All we’re asking them to do is learn the English language.” Asking or forcing? Vento plans to hold his ground.

President Bush doesn’t seem to be able to make a decision on the subject. In one article, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was quoted as having said, “The President has never supported making English the national language.” In yet another briefing with reporters, Bush was quoted to have said, “I think people who want to be citizens of this country ought to learn English.” With such wishy-washyness as this, it’s no wonder people like Vento are taking matters into their own hands.

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