Sunday, June 26, 2011

Intolerant, Rude, Abrasive TX Republican State Sen Chris Harris: "Spanish is Insulting to my Ears!"

During hearings in Austin this week, TX State Sen. Chris Harris rudely interrupted Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition Antolin Aguirre during his testimony with his views against Texas sb1070 look-a-like Racial Profiling bill sb9.
Two minutes into Mr. Aguirre's testimony, Sen. Harris, a very radical/restrictionist Republican from Arlington, rudely interrupted asking Aguirre's interpreter, "Did I understand him correctly that he has been here since 1988?" Harris asked. "Why aren't you speaking in English then?"
Mr. Augirre (an American Citizen) who immigrated to America in 1988, knows and speaks English, but as a man in his 50's, and Spanish as his native language, chose to speak in Spanish since it was his first time speaking in a legislative hearing and felt more comfortable. His interpreter immediately relayed his words, so there was never an issue for Harris or his like-minded cohorts understanding what he was saying; instead Harris chose to be abrasive and unyielding, ranting and yelling about Spanish language being insulting, very insulting to his ears.

Mr. Augirre was very polite and during his testimony who spoke very positively about America and about Texas.
It is too bad that Harris was too intolerant to listen.


Vicente Duque said...

very unpolite Texas Senator Chris Harris is rude to a man that is giving testimony in Spanish ...
The man was explaining the beautiful things of America, when interrupted very harshly

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An American Citizen that immigrated is treated with unnecessary harshness by an Old Texas Senator ( with a face of contempt, scorn and haughtiness ) because of the Testimony given in Spanish. If the legislature accepts testimonies in Spanish then why the unnecessary harshness and rudeness. ??

Anonymous said...

An interpreter is expensive and this one is paid for by tax dollars. If the speaker's been in the country for more than 20 years and speaks English, then he should be speaking English.

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