Former President Barack Obama — “It’s Not Racist”

Former President Barack Obama, while addressing a town hall meeting in Berlin, Germany, posited the view that “it’s not racist” to say immigrants in the U.S. should learn English. 

“Should we want to encourage newcomers to learn the language of the country that are moving to? Of course. Does that mean that they can never use their own language? No. Of course, that doesn’t mean that” he said.

He added, “It’s not racist to say if you’re going to be here, then you should learn the language of the country that you just arrived at because we need to have some sort of common language in which all of us can work and learn and understand each other.” 

Obama’s statement comes against President Donald J. Trump repeated the warning that the U.S. border is being overwhelmed by immigrants seeking to cross the border into the U.S.

“The current situation at the southern border presents border security and humanitarian crisis that threatens core national security interests and constitutes a national emergency,” noted the President.

Both the Republicans and Democrats have failed to develop a comprehensive immigration policy that would resolve and address some of the major issues surrounding asylum seekers, millions of undocumented immigrants, the “dreamers” (the young people brought in as undocumented immigrants by their parents), and those with temporary protected status.

In the meantime, Republicans have charged that the Democrats have been soft on immigration and is a party of open borders.

Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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