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The language gap

Should immigrants receive translation services, or just learn English?

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 06, 2013

~~<p>For a state famous for its exotic, international vibe, Hawaii isn't always paradise for people whose English language skills are lacking or weak. Laws that reach out to help new arrivals are on the books, but problems implementing the laws cause many people to slip through the cracks.</p>
<p>The recent lawsuit challenging the lack of translated exams at the counties' driver licensing offices illustrates one such gap. The counties administer the tests, but the state Department of Transportation has oversight. And it's the DOT that was named in the suit, filed a month ago by Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE), a nonprofit group, on behalf of two unnamed residents.</p>
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For a state famous for its exotic, international vibe, Hawaii isn't always paradise for people whose English language skills are lacking or weak. Laws that reach out to help new arrivals are on the books, but problems implementing the laws cause many people to slip through the cracks.

The recent lawsuit challenging the lack of translated exams at the counties' driver licensing offices illustrates one such gap. The counties administer the tests, but the state Department of Transportation has oversight. And it's the DOT that was named in the suit, filed a month ago by Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE), a nonprofit group, on behalf of two unnamed residents. Login for more...



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