Alejandrina Cabrera Run For City Council Raises English Proficiency Law Debate

The Supreme Court of Arizona has upheld a ruling that denies Alejandrina Cabrera the right to run for San Luis city council.  Cabrera was denied the chance to run because she isn’t fluent in English.  Cabrera was kicked off the ballot because of a 120-year-old Arizona law used to kick her off the ballot.  The law requires all candidates be proficient in English.  After a trial, the court ruled that Cabrera did not meet the requirements under the law, and therefore she is unable to run for city council.  Many are outraged and believe Cabrera should be afforded the opportunity to run for city council.  Full article.

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