By Balitang America Staff
Feb 26, 2013
One of the hotly-contested issues in the immigration reform debate is the proposal to require immigrants to speak English, before they can gain legal status as American citizens.
Now, experts are saying that the nation’s program to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) may not be ready.
Owners of ESL schools said, the already under-funded system could fall apart, if many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants would be required to study English.
The Migration Policy Institute Think Tank estimates that about 55 percent of undocumented immigrants would not be able to pass the English portion of the U.S. citizenship test, if it were given today.
That means, about four to five million people could simultaneously need instruction, under the immigration reform law.
With reports from Yahoo News.