US national anthem in spanish?

Is it acceptable to have a country’s national anthem sung in any other language, but the country’s official language? This is a hotly debated issue in U.S.A., as version of the U.S. national anthem is being prepared to be sung in Spanish. Many residents of U.S.A. have embraced this idea, mostly Hispanic- American immigrants. However, there are many opponents of this idea, among them George Bush, president of United States.

“Flag decorated with shiny stars” and a song that symbolizes American values was sung in Spanish. “Nuestro Himno,” or “Our Anthem”, should allow the non-English-speaking Hispanic immigrants to embrace the values of a country where they currently reside. This suggestion was made by a British music producer Adam Kidron. However, the song produced many debates. Even the advocates for immigrant rights were reserved with their answers when asked about this topic. Pedro Biaggi, a popular Spanish radio talkshow host in the U.S., expressed his concern regarding this event, and hinted that it could negatively impact numerous Hispanic- American associations present in U.S.A..

However, Mr. Biaggi defended the intentions of the anthem’s author:

“Spanish version of the anthem is filled with love and respect.”

In spite of Mr. Biaggi’s comments, the opponents to the Spanish version reacted sharply. One commentator referred to it as “illegal foreign anthem”. Mark Krikorian, chief of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, asks:

“Would the French accept their anthem to be sung in English, as a sign of French patriotism? - Of course, not.”

The debate finally reached the White House. President George Bush finally commented:

“National anthem should be sung in English. I believe that every resident of U.S.A. should learn English, and should learn how to sing our anthem in English language.”

The publication of Spanish version of American anthem coincides with another heavily debated issue in American politics: the status of 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States. According to some of the bills introduced in the Senate, many of these illegal immigrants should receive U.S. citizenship. However, House of Representatives approved a bill that would drastically reduce the chances of legalizing an illegal alien.

Around 14 percent of U.S. residents, somewhere around 40 million, is of a Hispanic origin. It is predicted that in 2020, this figure would increase to 21 percent.

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