When in U.S. speak English
I was born and raised in the United States. English is my native language. It is my husband's and children's. My grandparents and in-laws learned to speak English so they could adopt this country fully and people would welcome them.
I would expect anyone who chooses to live in this country to learn to speak the language. If you want the advantages and benefits of this country, become citizens, speak the language, get driver's licenses, pay for automobile and health insurance and pay taxes just as we do.
Embrace our customs and traditions. Isn't that the reason you came here?
I resent the fact that I have been told many times to speak Spanish in some business transactions. If you want to do business here, speak our language. A recent newspaper story reported on three women, living in the United States for 30 years, who needed court interpreters because they couldn't speak English. Somehow two of them knew how to sue Costco and a cemetery. The other started a business without the proper licensing and health requirements. Just sit in traffic court at the County - no licenses and no English.
I have two friends who retired from teaching last year. Both stated they were tired of re-teaching English to the kids because all they see and hear over vacations are Spanish. Families make no effort to learn our language. Also, they were tired of hearing how wonderful Mexico was. If so, they stated, why don't they go back and stay there.
When we visit Mexico we are expected to speak their native language. When in Mexico speak Spanish. When in the United States speak English.