New Study: 1/5 of U.S. Population Speaks Foreign Language at Home

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A shocking new analysis of Census Bureau data shows that the English language is quickly becoming a thing of the past in some of America’s largest cities. The study, conducted by the Center for Immigration Studies, shows that nearly half of all residents in these cities do not primarily speak English in their homes, a statistic that should be a wakeup call to anyone who doesn’t think there are consequences to the left’s push for a multicultural country.

“As a share of the population, 21.8 percent of U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home – roughly double the 11 percent in 1980,” CIS reports. “In America’s five largest cities, 48 percent of residents now speak a language other than English at home. In New York City and Houston it is 49 percent; in Los Angeles it is 59 percent; in Chicago it is 36 percent; and in Phoenix it is 38 percent.”

We’ve been so collectively brainwashed by the left’s neverending glorification of diversity that it almost seems wrong somehow to think that this could be a problem. You can hear the Guilty Whites already: Oh, if you complain about this it means you’re a racist. Then again, they think checking the mail in the morning makes you a racist, so you have to take their cries with a grain of salt.

The truth is that a country this divided politically can hardly afford to become this divided culturally. And if you have this many Americans speaking a language other than English, the problem goes well beyond the language barrier. These families have more or less cut themselves off from mainstream culture, which is exactly what is so insidious about “multiculturalism.” It’s not that immigration conservatives think it’s a terrible thing to have a “melting pot” foundation to the United States – it’s that the components are no longer melting. At all. We’re all just swimming around in a broth filled with a bunch of different ingredients, not all of which necessarily go together. That doesn’t make one ingredient better or worse than the other, and it shouldn’t be controversial to point this out.

As you go further into the study, though, you see that the shocking statistic about the largest five cities is only the tip of the iceberg. CIS also found that 66.6 million resident, including native-born citizens, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants, speak a language other than English in the home. That’s triple where that stat was in 1980. Furthermore, there are now 85 cities in the U.S. where a majority of residents speak a foreign language in the household. These include Elizabeth, NJ, where 76% of the population speaks something other than English at home, and Hialeah, FL, where the share of foreign-speaking households is an astounding 95%.

Diversity isn’t inherently evil, but it certainly isn’t inherently good. And it’s beyond time that we start asking ourselves some tough questions about where we’re going as a nation. There are things we can do to stem the tide of immigration and there are things we can do to open the floodgates even wider. The time has come to make a choice, and we need to make it with facts – not platitudes and emotional propaganda. Are all of these immigrants improving the U.S. economically and culturally? Is there any downside to having vast swaths of the population speaking something other than English? Is there any benefit to a relatively homogenous culture? Any at all?

The moment anyone raises doubt about these answers, they are branded a bigot. If that doesn’t change, then many of our most serious, nation-changing decisions have already been made for us.