Pray for Felipe Calderon’s Translator

I watched the tail end of Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s official arrival at the White House today. Two words: Muy mal. The translation was just a mess. The A.P. apparently noticed as well:

Tthe English translation that American viewers heard was so bad that the official White House transcript ignored it…For example, here’s how Calderon’s comments on the tough new immigration law in Arizona were rendered by his translator during the opening ceremony:

“We can do so with a community that will promote a dignified life and an orderly way for both our countries, who are, some of them, still living here in the shadows with such laws as the Arizona law that is placing our people to face discrimination.”

And here’s how those same comments appeared in the official transcript issued later Wednesday:

“I know that we share the interest in promoting dignified, legal and orderly living conditions to all migrant workers. Many of them, despite their significant contribution to the economy and to the society of the United States, still live in the shadows and, occasionally, as in Arizona, they even face discrimination.”


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