Here’s a case of dueling conclusions that start from the same statistics, as sketched out in the newsletter, Intersect, published by the Cross Cultural Communications. The firm, which specializes in interpreter training, offers a back-handed compliment to the anti-immigrant think-tank, the Center for Immigration Studies, for research that shows the rapid growth in US households where a language other than English is spoken. This is how Cross Cultural Communications put it:
|“The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) posts itself as “low-immigration, pro-immigrant.” But CIS is widely perceived as anti-immigration.
Still and anon—they have some great stats to share. The numbers come from on an analysis of just-released 2018 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, to whit:
In short, the sky is falling.
CIS clearly isn’t fond of these statistics, except perhaps to stoke fear. But America must hone its linguistics chops and develop multilingual citizens or suffer economically (and in other ways) in the rapid globalization of the planet.
So we’re happy to share these lovely stats. They give us hope for a linguistically and culturally rich America. Thank you, CIS!