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TN English-Only Effort Moving Forward

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Monday, March 22, 2010   

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Today the Tennessee House Transportation Committee is expected to discuss a bill that would require that all written portions of the Tennessee driver's license test be administered only in English, and not in German, Korean, Japanese or Spanish, the other options now available.

The president of the Nashville Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Yuri Cunza, who is also publisher of the Spanish-language newspaper La Noticia, says the test should be about people's driving skill and knowledge of the laws, and not their ability to speak English.

"If you're going to give someone the privilege of driving, you should focus on that, making sure the person that drives is able to drive."

Cunza says the bill sends the wrong message at a time when many people are coming to Tennessee for political and economic asylum.

"There a number of people that could be legal residents, maybe those that are here because of temporary permits or those that are refugees, that also are going to be allowed to work."

Proponents of the English-only bill say it's about safety, not illegal immigration or business practices. But the bill is opposed by Volkswagen, which is building a large assembly plant near Chattanooga, as well as by Japan's Consulate-General in Nashville.

The road-test driving portion of the exam is already conducted entirely in English.

The bill is online at wapp.capitol.tn.gov







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