In addition, almost all U.S. residents who apply to become naturalized citizens are required to prove their ability to read, write and understand English when they take their citizenship tests.“We’re a nation that speaks English, and I think while we’re in this nation we should be speaking English,” Trump said on Thursday to cheers from his supporters. He made the case that it’s about getting immigrants to assimilate. “I think it’s more appropriate to be speaking English.”
The debate over speaking English was fueled by Trump’s criticism of Jeb Bush for using Spanish to a jab at the New York real estate mogul. “El hombre no es conservador,” Bush told a group of Spanish-speaking questioners at a bilingual school in Miami, saying Trump isn’t a conservative. Bush is a fluent Spanish speaker.