Lilly Mucarsel, a native of Ecuador, poses for a picture in her office Friday, May 25, 2018, in Tustin, Calif. Mucarsel, 62, of Southern California finds herself reverting to English when she attends a baseball game or goes to a restaurant with her husband to prove that yes, she also knows the language, and to avoid the nasty looks she unfortunately gets while conversing in her native tongue. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Amid anti-immigrant sentiment, some Spanish speakers wary

May 26, 2018 - 1:03 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — The widely viewed videos of a rant by a New York attorney against restaurant workers and the questioning of two women in Montana by a border agent for speaking in Spanish have exposed the risk bilingual speakers can face when they use a language other than English in public.

Being bilingual has many advantages, including job opportunities and social connections.

For some, the Trump administration's harsh rhetoric and tougher policies toward immigrants have made them self-conscious about speaking other languages in public.

But many say being bilingual is an advantage and speaking other languages in public is a part of everyday life.

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