So let us think of a world where English only laws are implemented in the U.S. Don't even taken into consideration current immigration policies and debates because this is not about that all. Hmmm…Right. Okay, so, let’s ostracize 16.3% of the total U.S. population. No, wait, let's say that another way. Let us exclude a vital part of culture and heritage for 50.5 million Americans. This is America, the land of opportunity. We welcome diversity. We're a melting pot, remember? A melting pot that ONLY speaks English.
“87% of Americans think that English should be the official language of the United States,” according to representative Steve King, a conservative from Iowa who has gone on his own personal crusade to make English the official language of the United States. Known for his tough stance on immigration, he not only has made English the official language in Iowa but wishes for it to be the official language of the country. An official hearing will take place next week to address this issue.
While I do believe that it's important that we all can communicate with another, is it really that big of a problem? Or does this just contribute to America’s irrational fear of immigrants?
What’s the real issue here?
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, "’English Only’ laws, which declare English to be the country's official language and bar government employees from providing non-English language assistance and services, are inconsistent with both the First Amendment right to communicate with or petition the government, and the right to equality… They are also unnecessary and sometimes even dangerous to both individuals and the public.”
Someone help me understand why this is on the news and taking center stage for politicians? Don’t we have bigger problems in America? What do you girls think?
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