Left: China One Buffet promotional banner on Sylvania Avenue
(Toledo, OH) President Bush has expressed approval of two competing bills that have passed in the Senate. The more controversial of the two calls English the "national language," while the second calls it a "common and unifying language."
If perfect English was spoken by all residents, though, we might miss out on beauties like this.
I have eaten at the China One Buffet. Twice. The food quality was everything one would expect from a buffet, the restaurant was clean, and English appears to be the second- or third-most spoken language in the restaurant.
If people feel better believing that English is the law, so be it. The reality, however, is that immigrants (whether legal or illegal) will continue to speak whatever language with which they are most comfortable.
And they - just like we sometimes do when traveling abroad - will occasionally mangle the "official" language, much to the amusement of the locals.