British Columbia, Canada
I actually didnít say that ESL bothered me, in fact, I expect people coming to this country to learn our language, as I would expect to learn theirs should I move to their country. I would also like hearing them to speak it, as would I do them the same courtesy. Now, what does bother me is that teaching them puts a huge burden on our taxpayers, and the majorities of those receiving the service are illegal immigrants, not legal, and certainly not taxpayers. We have, as I am sure you do, two classes of illegal immigrants, the very rich, and the very poor here. Identity theft is absolutely out of control here anyway. We have in our local papers constantly people reporting stolen passports, when in fact it turns out, as it was just reported on our news, that is how this particular nationality advertises passports that are for sale to bring relatives over here!
I also agree with you that this country I live in first belonged to our aboriginals. These people truly humble me, teach me, and have my total respect each and every day. Three generation of my family were born here, and compared to friends of mine in the Squamish Band, that is peanuts!
You and I agree on your list of items under contention though, as where I happen to live, the majority of immigrants in "our" area are from the Middle East and Japan so we find that their limos sure do take a heck of a lot of room at the school parking area, not to mention the mall parking lot.
It is such a double-edged sword this immigration, as we donít want them coming in, but we sure enjoy them spending their money in our country donít we?