By Nicole Acevedo
A Texas commissioner has apologized that the Latina, which heads the state's most populous county, should "speak English" after speaking in English and Spanish at a press conference about a massive chemical fire.
Commissioner Mark Tice of Chambers County posted a comment reading "English, this is not Mexico," according to Judge Lina Hidalgo (Harris County), the first Latina and The first woman to attend a press conference on Facebook Page of CBS member KHOU was streamed on the Facebook page of CBS member KHOU, chosen by members of the English-speaking and Spanish-speaking media groups. "
Tice confirmed to The Houston Chronicle that he had posted the comments and said," It's really easy. That's the United States. Do you speak English. "
The immediate backlash after the comments from Tice prompted him to give an answer.
"To my understanding, there were reporters in Spanish, and Judge Hidalgo answered those questions in Spanish without a translation being given. If this is not the case, I sincerely apologize, "Tice said in a Facebook post.
Tice also said he apologized to" Judge Hidalgo ", the citizens of my district, and especially the entire Hispanic community, because they hastily acted on transgressions in social media. "
Tice's first comments led to reactions from people like Irene Uribe who said," Hispanics are the majority in the Houston area. " 19659004] More than 4.6 million people live in Harris County, which includes Houston, 43 percent of whom are Hispanic or Latino Americans, and more than 40 percent of people in the area speak a language other than English at home.  "People should not be criticized for speaking in the language of their choice," says Steve Wendt, another Tice critic on Facebook. [19659004InTexasbecomestheelectedofficialofthemainstreambusinessHidalgo'sOfficerespondedtoTice'scommentsdeclaringthatshewasthechiefregionalsecurityofficerasDistrictJudge
"As Head of Emergency Management, Hidalgo is directly responsible for the safety of all 4 , 5 million residents of Harris County, one-third of whom speak Spanish, "said Kiran Khalid, communications director at Hidalgo. "Judge Hidalgo represents the entire county of Harris and given the composition of the county and its bilingual capabilities, it will continue to communicate as much as possible, especially when it comes to public safety."
Colombian-born Hidalgo, 28, was present at Stanford and Harvard and has worked on reforming human rights and criminal justice. She oversees a $ 5 billion budget for the country's third largest district. Their November victory was considered part of a democratic strip in the traditionally Republican county.
According to a 2018 Pew Research Center poll, 22 percent of Latinos said they had been criticized for speaking Spanish in public last year and 20 percent said they should return to their home countries.
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