Candidate Who Doesn't Speak English Barred From Ballot

The Arizona Supreme Court has affirmed a ruling that barred a woman from running for a city council seat because she doesn't speak English proficiently.

The state's highest court issued its ruling Tuesday, saying Alejandrina Cabrera's name shouldn't appear on the March election ballot in San Luis.

The case brought widespread attention to the southern Arizona border city after Mayor Juan Carlos Escamilla filed a court action asking for a determination of whether Cabrera has the English skills necessary to serve a four-year term on the council.

State law requires elected officials to know English, but Cabrera's attorneys claim the law doesn't define proficiency in the language.

Cabrera was one of 10 candidates who filed petitions to run for the council.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    @ people saying this is unfair: Do your homework people. When Arizona joined the U.S. it was made law by the existing government of the U.S. that any office holder for Az must be proficient in English. This was a condition of allowing them to become a state. By law, all official government meetings are conducted in English in Az as well. How could she conceivably claim that she could do the job?
  • by Mom Location: NC on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:40 AM
    Good.
  • by wondering on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:21 AM
    So does this mean a deaf person could not run for office in Arizona?
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      by Mom on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:41 AM in reply to wondering
      Thats absurd.
  • by ibxer on Feb 8, 2012 at 04:46 AM
    As usual WITN posts only a tiny bit of the whole story. The woman was born in the United States but spent about half of her childhood out of the country and is bilingual. In interviews her English has been mostly spot on. The voters should have been allowed to decide.
  • by Terry Location: Raleigh on Feb 8, 2012 at 04:39 AM
    Arizona is a true American state. I applaud the fact they stand up for American. Other states should follow this example. We are a melting pot but those coming here are not melting. They should be required to learn English if for no other reason than to communicate. It would be impossible to learn languages from all the foreigners who come here ergo they need to learn ours. As in France do as the French do and as in America do as the Americans do.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:21 AM in reply to Terry
      She didn't come here, she's a citizen. And if that's your argument than you can pack your bags and get right the Hell out and give the Native American people their land back.
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        by Dar on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:17 PM in reply to
        If she is a citizen then she should be proficient in English as ALL citizens should be. Este es Estados Unidos, no es un otra pais que habla otra linguas.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 04:10 AM
    Sounds like the ACLU has their finger in this pie...
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      by Mom on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:41 AM in reply to
      Hopefully it is a SHARK pie.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 03:40 AM
    good, lets keep it that way.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:58 PM
    If you can't speak english or understand it then you should go back to your country or wherever you came from.
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      by Tiredofhate on Feb 8, 2012 at 05:50 AM in reply to Anonymous
      I sure am glad that mindset was different when my family migrated 150 years ago. My ancestors came here from Germany and did not speak English. They picked up a little bit of English but were never fluent. They DID enroll their children in school so the next generation would have the advantage of speaking English which is what most immigrants did then and continue to do now.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:21 AM in reply to Anonymous
      That's probably what the Native Americans said too...or not, they probably weren't that racist.
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      by Mom on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:42 AM in reply to Anonymous
      If you are illegal, I agree with you.
  • by History Student Location: NC on Feb 7, 2012 at 07:14 PM
    You can not fly a Plane without full knowlege of the English Language. All World Wide International Airports only speak English. Just a fact!
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      by Anon on Feb 7, 2012 at 09:36 PM in reply to History Student
      You cant even be a truck driver now without fluent english...
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      by Anonymous on Feb 8, 2012 at 06:22 AM in reply to History Student
      That's completely false, have you ever been to an airport outside of America?
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        by REM on Feb 8, 2012 at 08:37 PM in reply to
        perhaps he meant to elaborate on "international pilot". And yes, every single public airport in the world has English speaking air traffic controllers on duty at all times.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:47 PM
    My vote is for Jose Cuervo!
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