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NEW REPORT: 30% of Nashville School Children Not Native English Speakers

By: Daniel Horowitz | November 22nd, 2015

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Over the past year, Conservative Review has published numerous reports illustrating how the current protracted wave of immigration is unlike anything this country has ever experienced since our founding [see more here, here, here, and here].  Today, I’d like to draw attention to the following article from the Tennessean demonstrating just how fundamentally transformed the city of Nashville has become in recent years and what it portends for the rest of the country. 

With about 85,000 kids enrolled in the district, those who speak a first language other than English sits at about 30 percent of the district’s population — or just over 25,300 students. Of that number, more than 12,300 need English language services, with the majority of those students, 62 percent, attending elementary schools.

A number of smaller, heartland cities are being rapidly transformed without the spirit of any democratic decision-making deriving its legitimacy from the existing population.

It’s important to note that we are not talking about Las Angeles, Miami, or New York City.  Nashville is a microcosm of what is happening to small and mid-sized cities across the country.  A number of smaller, heartland cities are being rapidly transformed without the spirit of any democratic decision-making deriving its legitimacy from the existing population.  For 30% of a smaller southern city’s school-age population to be non-English speakers is a poignant reflection of the broader transformation. 

And it’s quite evident that the wave has not crested yet, and is in fact, increasing more rapidly than ever.  The number of students in Nashville “needing English language services” increased 41% over the past four years.    

It’s also noteworthy that Arabic is the #2 most common foreign language spoken, with Somali checking in at fourth place.  As we’ve been chronicling over the past few months, immigration from the Middle East is the fastest growing subset of our recent migrant population.

This is why it is extremely dishonest for the political elite to focus on the debate over 10,000 Syrian Muslims without taking into account the context of the existing record growth in immigration and its future effect on the cohesion of this great nation.

Since our founding, our country has been a melting pot united by what George Washington referred to as a “Common Cause.”  The past few decades of immigration have clearly dismantled the great melting pot.  The question we must ask at this point is whether we will continue to function as a sovereign nation state.     

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