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    Immigration news: Russian is third most common language in Oregon

    Immigration news: Russian is third most common language in Oregon; local govs hack reform


    Vitali Bobrisev is a 74-year-old immigrant from Moldova. Like many Russian-speaking immigrants he lives in a tight-knit community in East Portland. Here, he laughs with friends at a volunteer event to clean up a local garden where he grows his own produce. (Melissa Binder/The Oregonian)

    By Andrea Castillo | acastillo@oregonian.com
    on May 20, 2014 at 7:30 AM


    IMMIGRATION NEWS




    Good morning, readers. There wasn't not much local immigration news last week, but here's what I've been reading:

    Regional


    Common language
    : Russian is the most commonly spoken language, behind English and Spanish, in Oregon -- the only state where Russian is so popular. The Oregonian


    More than 50 victims who were bilked out of nearly a half-million dollars saw the start of justice Tuesday when Celia Perez was sentenced to federal prison.


    Immigration fraud
    : A federal judge in Idaho sentenced Celia Perez, 40, to five years and 10 months in prison on two counts of federal mail fraud. Perez posed as an immigration attorney handling difficult cases, and scammed more than 50 people out of nearly a half-million dollars. The Times-News


    ICE holds
    : Seventeen counties in Washington have changed their policy regarding ICE detainers so far. King 5 News

    RELATED: How Local Governments Are Hacking Immigration Reform The Atlantic

    National

    Emergency shelter: Border authorities in South Texas have been overwhelmed by a surge of young, unaccompanied illegal migrants, prompting the Department of Homeland Security to declare a crisis last week and move to set up an emergency shelter for the youths in San Antonio. New York Times

    Military enlistment
    : A top U.S. Department of Defense official said Monday that President Barack Obama's administration might allow young immigrants living in the country illegally to enlist in the military. Chicago Public Media


    Picking tobacco
    : Children younger than 18 can't buy cigarettes in the U.S., but can legally work in tobacco fields starting at age 12. A new report from Human Rights Watch says the practice is hazardous and needs to be stopped. NPR


    --Andrea Castillo


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    Good morning, readers. There wasn't not much local immigration news last week, but here's what I've been reading:
    Something tells me English might not be this person's first language.
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    Russian[edit]

    Main article: Russian language in the United States

    Russian language distribution in the United States.

    The Russian language is frequently spoken in areas of Alaska, Los Angeles, Seattle, Spokane, Miami, San Francisco, New York City,Philadelphia, Woodburn, Oregon, and Chicago.

    The Russian-American Company used to own Alaska Territory until selling it after the Crimean War. Russian had always been limited, especially after the assassination of the Romanov dynasty of tsars.

    Starting in the 1970s and continuing until the mid-1990s, many people from the Soviet Union and later its constituent republics such as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, andUzbekistan have immigrated to the United States, increasing the language's usage in America.


    The largest Russian-speaking neighborhoods in the United States are found in Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island in New York City (specifically the Brighton Beach area of Brooklyn)
    , parts of Los Angeles, particularly West Los Angeles and West Hollywood, parts of Philadelphia, particularly the Far Northeastand, parts of Miami like Sunny Isles Beach.


    Slavic Voice of America
    media group serves Russian-speaking Americans out of Dallas, TX.

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    Census statistics[edit]


    According to the American Community Survey 2009, endorsed by the United States Census Bureau, the main languages by number of speakers older than five are:


    1. English – 229 million
    2. Spanish – 35 million
    3. Chinese languages – 2.6 million + (mostly speakers of Yue dialects such as Taishanese andCantonese, with a growing group of Mandarin speakers)
    4. Tagalog – 1.5 million + (Most Filipinos may also know other Philippine languages, e.g. Ilokano,Pangasinan, Bikol languages, and Visayan languages.)
    5. French – 1.3 million
    6. Vietnamese – 1.3 million
    7. German – 1.1 million (High German) + German dialects like Pennsylvania German, Hutterite German, Plautdietsch, Texas German
    8. Korean – 1.0 million
    9. Russian – 881,000
    10. Arabic – 845,000
    11. Italian – 754,000
    12. Portuguese – 731,000
    13. French Creole – 659,000
    14. Polish – 594,000
    15. Hindi – 561,000
    16. Japanese – 445,000
    17. Persian – 397,000
    18. Urdu – 356,000
    19. Gujarati – 341,000
    20. Greek – 326,000
    21. Serbo-Croatian – 269,000
    22. Armenian – 243,000
    23. Hebrew – 222,000
    24. Cambodian – 202,000


    Additionally, modern estimates indicate that American Sign Language is signed by as many as 500,000 Americans.[14]


    The total sample size for these figures is 286 million people.


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    Official language status[edit]

    The United States does not have a national official language; nevertheless, English (specificallyAmerican English) is the primary language used for legislation, regulations, executive orders, treaties, federal court rulings, and all other official pronouncements; although there are laws requiring documents such as ballots to be printed in multiple languages when there are large numbers of non-English speakers in an area.

    As part of what has been called the English-only movement, some states have adopted legislation granting official status to English. As of January 2014, out of 50 states, 28 had established English as the official language, and Hawaii had established both English and Hawaiian as official.

    Place Englishofficial Other official language(s) Note Ref
    Alabama Yes No since 1990 [15]
    Alaska No No since 2007; 1998 law ruled unconstitutional;
    [16]
    Arizona Yes No since 2006; 1988 law ruled unconstitutional [17]
    Arkansas Yes No since 1987 [15]
    California Yes No since 1986 [15]
    Colorado Yes No since 1988 [15]
    Connecticut No No [15]
    Delaware No No [15]
    Florida Yes No since 1988 [15]
    Georgia Yes No since 1996 [15]
    Hawaii Yes Hawaiian since 1978 [15]
    Idaho Yes No since 2007 [15]
    Illinois Yes No since 1969; "American" official 1923-1969 [15]
    Indiana Yes No since 1984 [15]
    Iowa Yes No since 2002 [15]
    Kansas Yes No since 2007 [15]
    Kentucky Yes No since 1984 [15]
    Louisiana No No French has had special status since
    1968 founding of CODOFIL.
    [15]
    Maine No No [15]
    Maryland No No [15]
    Massachusetts No No [15]
    Michigan No No [15]
    Minnesota No No [15]
    Mississippi Yes No since 1987 [15]
    Missouri No No [15]
    Montana Yes No since 1995 [15]
    Nebraska Yes No since 1923 [15]
    Nevada No No [15]
    New Hampshire Yes No since 1995 [15]
    New Jersey No No [15]
    New Mexico No No Spanish has had special status since
    1912 passage of state constitution.
    see article
    New York No No [15]
    North Carolina Yes No since 1987 [15]
    North Dakota Yes No since 1987 [15]
    Ohio No No [15]
    Oklahoma Yes No since 2010 [18]
    Oregon No No English Plus since 1989 [15]
    Pennsylvania No No [15]
    Rhode Island No No English Plus since 1992 [15]
    South Carolina Yes No since 1987 [15]
    South Dakota Yes No since 1995 [15]
    Tennessee Yes No since 1984 [15]
    Texas No No [15]
    Utah Yes No since 2000 [15]
    Vermont No No [15]
    Virginia Yes No since 1981 [15]
    Washington No No English Plus since 1989 [15]
    West Virginia No No [15]
    Wisconsin No No [15]
    Wyoming Yes No since 1996 [15]
    American Samoa Yes Samoan [19]
    District of Columbia No No [citation needed]
    Guam Yes Chamorro [citation needed]
    Northern Mariana Islands Yes Chamorro, Carolinian [citation needed]
    Puerto Rico Yes Spanish [20]
    U.S. Virgin Islands Yes No [21]


    States that are de facto bilingual[edit]


    • Louisiana (English and French legally recognized, although there is no official language) (1974)
    • Maine (English and French both de facto)
    • New Mexico (English and Spanish both de facto)[22]
    • Texas (English and Spanish are both de facto)


    Status of other languages[edit]


    The state of Alaska provides voting information in I๑upiaq, Central Yup'ik, Gwich'in, Siberian Yupik,Koyukon, and Tagalog, as well as English.

    California has agreed to allow the publication of state documents in other languages to represent minority groups and immigrant communities. Languages such as Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog,Persian, Russian, Vietnamese, and Thai appear in official state documents, and the Department of Motor Vehicles publishes in 9 languages.[23]


    In New Mexico, although the state constitution does not specify an official language, laws are published in English and Spanish, and government materials and services are legally required (by Act) to be made accessible to speakers of both languages.[24]



    Percentage of people 5 years and over who speak Spanish at home: 2008.



    Second most prevalent language in each US state.
    Spanish
    French
    German
    Tagalog

    Contrary to belief, the state of Pennsylvania was never officially bilingual. The state has a history ofPennsylvania Dutch German language communities that goes back to the 1650s. There were attempts to recognize German in Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries due to the prevalence of German speakers in the state. This situation prevailed until the 1950s in some rural areas.[citation needed]
    The state of New York had state government documents (i.e., vital records) co-written in the Dutch language until the 1920s, in order to preserve the legacy of New Netherland, though England annexed the colony in 1664.[citation needed]

    Native American languages
    are official or co-official on many of the U.S. Indian reservations and pueblos. In Oklahoma before statehood in 1907, territory officials debated whether or not to have Cherokee,Choctaw and Muscogee languages as co-official, but the idea never gained ground.


    The issue of bilingualism also applies in the states ofArizona and Texas, while the constitution of Texas has no official language policy.

    Arizona passed a proposition in the November 7, 2006 general electiondeclaring English as the official language.[25]Nonetheless, Arizona law requires the distribution of voting ballots in languages such as Navajo and Tohono O'odham in certain counties.[26]


    In 2000, the census bureau printed the standard census questionnaires in six languages: English,Spanish, Korean, Chinese (in traditional characters), Vietnamese, and Tagalog.


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    French language distribution in the United States. Counties and parishes marked in yellow are those where 6% to 12% of the population speak French at home; brown, 12% to 18%; red, over 18%. Cajun French and French-based creole languages are not included even though the Creole dialects are spoken throughout the U.S. and taught in many U.S. schools.


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    German language distribution in the United States.


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    Dutch language distribution in the United States.

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    Spread of the Vietnamese language in the United States


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