Busiek doesn't believe in the importance of understanding the official language
Sarah Palin wants to tell people that if you’re in America, speak English (or “American.” as she put it). Note to Sarah: You first.— Kurt Busiek (@KurtBusiek) September 7, 2015
Something wrong with leaning the English language, Kurt? If immigrants, legal or not, don't understand the language, how will they understand what you've written in your own comics? It's not like every English-language pamphlet is translated for foreign audiences.
And not every English-language speaker understands foreign languages either, no matter how interesting they might find some concepts in foreign cultures. So how would a store owner understand an immigrant who comes in and asks for a product in a different language? That's why Geno's Steaks in Philadelphia put up a sign years ago asking buyers to speak English, and manager Joey Vento had to wage a legal fight to keep it up. How was he supposed to tell what a customer wanted served if he couldn't understand what anybody said? Even in Europe, not everybody understands a language spoken outside their specific country; people in the west probably don't understand the languages of the east.
Yeah, I get it. Busiek must be reacting to the resurging issue of illegal immigration. But he's not helping one bit if he's saying a newcomer shouldn't learn the leading language. And he's certainly not helping if he sees nothing wrong with interloping across the USA borders illegally. Nor is he helping by attacking Palin for the wrong reasons.