Retiree told to stop speaking Spanish because U.S. is 'English-speaking country'


    Retiree told to stop speaking Spanish because U.S. is 'English-speaking country' (Photo/video: KTRK via CNN Newsource)

    A woman who lives in a retirement community in Houston says she's been told by the apartment management that it is rude for her sit in the lobby and speak Spanish.

    Katherine Hernandez says she was the only person in her community to receive the letter from the director of the Salvation Army-run complex.

    The letter states, in part, "The United States of America is an English-speaking country and those who come to the United States or are born here should learn to speak the language."

    "I'm paying out of my Social Security money for this? I can't even speak my language? No, that's not right," says Hernandez.

    Hernandez says there are other incidents involving other tenants, but that they are afraid to speak out. She is now following up with the Salvation Army, which says it's investigating the incident.

    "This is our last years. This is gonna be my last home and if I have to fight for what's left for the rest of my life... I don't want want to live like this."

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