Unfit mother — for not speaking English?

by Walter Olson on September 4, 2009

“One of DHS’s apparent fears is that an infant isn’t safe in a home where the mother can articulate a 911 call solely in a language spoken only by some 50,000 Oaxacan Indians.” The Pascagoula, Miss. child protection authorities deny that Cirila Baltazar Cruz’s inability to speak English or Spanish played a major role in the decision to take her baby away from her. [Time magazine via Stossel]

{ 4 comments }

1 Evil HR Lady 09.04.09 at 8:09 am

Well, gee, that makes sense. I guess since I now live in Switzerland and only speak a little German that the Swiss gov’t should come take away my children. And to make matters more complicated, unlike in the US where 911 will get you all emergency services, I need to know 3 or 4 numbers and determine what type of emergency it is before calling one of them.

Clearly, I’m unfit.

2 Litigiator 09.04.09 at 1:49 pm

5 words:

Pierce v. Society of Sisters.

3 Anonymous Attorney 09.08.09 at 8:23 pm

There’s another way of addressing this problem: don’t let them into the country in the first place.

4 Bob Lipton 09.08.09 at 10:06 pm

Who? DHS apparatchiks?

Bob

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