Debate whether or not english should be the official language of the united states voice your opinion, and learn about each side of the debate. New york, april 13, 2013 — the united states, contrary to popular belief, has no official language federal legislators have proposed laws to make english the official business language of the united states, and every year that legislation dies. Proenglish seeks to make english the official language of the united states of america. The republican-led house on thursday approved legislation that would make english the official language of michigan.
Language in america - english as the official language making english the official language will stop government itself from harming or ignoring english. Welcome to usenglishorg, your online resource for research, statistics and the latest news surrounding the issue of making english the official language of the united states. Don't make english official today members of congress continue to try to pass laws making english the official language according to scholar dennis barron:. Five states are considering legislation this year to make english their official language if passed, they would join the 31 states with existing official language laws.
Leading the movement to make english the official language of the united states since 1993. A 1923 illinois law making american, rather than english the english-only question: an official language for americans new haven: yale univ press. How can you help there are many ways you can help in our efforts to make english the official language of the united states from contacting your elected officials and local media, to displaying a us english bumper sticker on your car, there are plenty of opportunities for you to demonstrate your support of. Oregon lawmakers push to repeal sanctuary state designation, make english bills that would make english the official language of oregon and require.
The perceived threat of immigration sometimes leads states to adopt laws that make english the official language but many of these laws have little effect. Opponents of moves to make english the official language of the united states frequently suspect that the english-only question: an official language for.
The bill would also establish a uniform language requirement for naturalization and oblige federal government officials to encourage people to learn english. Declaring an official language would abridge the rights of individuals with limited english proficiency, individuals who are paying taxes and who are entitled to the same rights as those who speak english. Last thursday, the michigan house of representatives voted to make english the official language for the state of michigan the measure passed by a 62 - 46 vote, mostly along party lines, with the majority of republicans voting in favor of the legislation. Hoa nhu, left, and chau minh, originally from vietnam, take part in the english as a second language class at the employment skills center in carlisle.
While making english the official language of the united states would alleviate some issues, such as the cost of translation, the option for immigrants to stay non-english-monolingual, and the potential language barriers, official english would also make life far more difficult for assimilating immigrants. Advocates for designating english as the official language of the united states say the law would encourage immigrants to assimilate into american culture.
Given the recent trend of executive orders coming from the white house, which includes stephen miller and kris kobach, two anti-immigration warriors in key policy-making policy decisions, it shouldn't be long before an english is the official language of the united states order is coming this. An estimated 211 percent of us residents now speak a language other than english at home, according to the us census bureau that’s 632 million residents, approximately doubled since 1990 and.
Official english laws make it necessary for governments to provide information and services in english only, and does not protect the right of non-english speakers to receive govt information and services in another language. For an excellent and comprehensive critique of official english, see the 1996 house committee testimony of edward chen, a language rights litigator for the american civil liberties union of northern california. A bill in the michigan house would make english the official language of the state of michigan. A push for english to be the official language of the us has both a dark history and a regressive vision for the future.Download