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    Migrants Must Learn English, British PM Says

    FILE - Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on immigration at the Home Office in London, May 21, 2015.
    FILE - Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on immigration at the Home Office in London, May 21, 2015.
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    British Prime Minister David Cameron has attacked what he calls a "passive tolerance" in Britain's Muslim communities for segregation and discrimination against women, and says a poor grasp of the English language leaves Muslim women "more susceptible" to extremist rhetoric.

    In an essay published Monday in The Times newspaper that drew immediate fire from critics, Cameron proposed nearly $30 million in government funding for English language classes for Muslim women. He also suggested some migrants could be deported for failure to speak the language.

    Former Conservative lawmaker Sayeeda Warsi, Britain's first female Muslim Cabinet minister, welcomed the language funding. But she told British radio that Cameron's proposals are the result of "lazy and misguided" thinking that stereotypes British Muslim communities.

    Under proposed new rules, foreigners coming to Britain on five-year spousal visas will be tested half-way through their stay to show improvement in English language skills. Media reports say those measurements would be a key factor in deciding whether to extend a person's right to remain.

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    by: Anonymous
    January 19, 2016 2:46 PM
    In any sociological upheaval, the first to get out are always the criminals and lunatics. It seems absurd to accept men of military service age as genuine refugee's. They should have been handed a weapon and sent back to fight for the country they abandoned. Putin was right to say they are all gutless worms.

    by: rajesh from: India
    January 19, 2016 1:37 PM
    It is not racism. This is an obvious fact that one, who go to another country for living (not just for a few days trip), should learn their language and also one should accept their laws and culture. If someone does not want to do this, then I have a question: why he/she does not stay in his/her own country ?!?

    by: Anonymous
    January 19, 2016 12:10 PM
    David Cameron is just a stooge who just speaks. He just requested the EU ministers to not talk about Saudi Arabia killing civilians in Yemen. Is he really going to make all immigrants especially the Arab one speak English when he has such an instance and submission to Saudi Arabia?

    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 19, 2016 12:01 AM
    That great American president Teddy Roosevelt quote said it; "Every Immigrant that comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country."

    by: One PCWhiz from: USA
    January 18, 2016 4:52 PM
    So.. It's racist to say this in the US but not in the UK?
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    by: zoey
    January 20, 2016 2:54 AM
    Anything goes depending on the month, the moon and where you are.You just have to have a laugh and chuckle to yourself, good one liner though?

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