by Daniel Pipes
Sep 30, 2014
Cross-posted from National Review Online, The Corner
The Center for Immigration Studies finds that the foreign-born population of the United States numbers 41.3 million, or one out of six adults, more than twice the number than in 1980.
There are many ways to gauge the impact of this huge increase; here’s one small but telling way:
(1) Making English just another language to be interpreted points to multiculturalism gone haywire.
(2) Subsidizing these translation services silently increases the insurance premiums for IBX’s English speakers.
(3) Why just those 16 foreign languages? Limiting myself just to the Middle East, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish are missing, not to speak of Armenian, Berber, and Kurdish. And if Chinese rates two dialects, so should Arabic and Kurdish, some of whose dialects are mutually incomprehensible. Logic requires not 16 languages but, say, 160 or even 1,600.
(4) If mundane insurance matters deserve “free” interpretation, surely the far more important conversations between medical personnel on the one side and patients on the other deserve “free” interpretation too. Where does this end? (September 29, 2014)