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It’s an “Only in America” anecdote with a greater lesson: The May 9 Sunday New York Times Magazine carries a profile of San Antonio mayor Julián Castro, an up-and-coming Latino politician who does not speak Spanish:

Early in his administration, Castro assigned his chief of staff, Robbie Greenblum – a Jewish lawyer from the border town of Laredo whose own Spanish is impeccable – to discreetly find him a tutor. Rosie Castro’s son is now being taught Spanish by a woman named Marta Bronstein. Greenblum met her in shul.

Author Zev Chafetz points out, “A lack of Spanish fluency isn’t unusual in San Antonio, especially among Castro’s generation.”

Indeed, among all the controversy about immigration over the southern border, the fact is that the Hispanic population is adopting English more rapidly than the European immigrant population did a century ago.

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