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Monday, May 07, 2007

John Deeth Blog: Dodd Offers Bilingual Cinco de Mayo Message in West Liberty

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
Chris Dodd delivered roughly a third of his remarks en espanol for a crowd of 60-75 at the Cinco de Mayo celebration in West Liberty. The Spanish remarks were not repeated in English. Yo comprende pequitito espanol, but I did pick up "el presidente" and "la Casa Blanca" in his conclusion. During the Spanish portion of his remarks, he also discussed the importance of reading for children (the event was hosted by the West Liberty library) and talked about his experiences in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. "I had to learn Spanish in the Peace Corps," he told me after the speech, noting that immigrants and their children would be well served by learning English - a remark he made in Spanish during the speech. ... Dodd favors a "humane" path to citizenship for people who are already here, but adds that we need to respect people who have waited through the process. "We have people lined up at embassies around the world waiting to come here."

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