English First has been busy on Capitol Hill
It has been an extremely hectic beginning of 2011 for English First. When the new Congress was sworn in on January 4, English First welcomed dozens of new members who are supporters of English as America’s Official Language.
One particular highlight in the freshman class in the House of Representatives is the election of outspoken advocate of official English Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania. As Mayor of Hazelton, PA, Barletta introduced the “Illegal Immigration Relief Act” which, in addition to its measures targeting illegal immigration, also made English the official language of the city.
Of course, you’re probably aware that Mayor Barletta was sued by the ACLU and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. In November, Barletta defeated a 13-term incumbent and will now bring the fight for official English to the national stage.
Rep. Barletta is just one of many strong official English advocates elected in November.
Other new supporters of English First in the House include former state legislators Mo Brooks (AL-5), Scott Tipton (CO-3), Cory Gardner (CO-4), Dennis Ross (FL-12), Austin Scott (GA-8), Vicky Hartzler (MO-4), Bob Gibbs (OH-18), Tim Scott (SC-1) and Morgan Griffith (VA-9).
Many others who have not held prior elected office—such as Allen West (FL-24) and Bill Johnson (OH-6)—campaigned on supporting English as the official language of government. We look forward to introducing these new Congressmen to you throughout the year.
In the Senate, two strong proponents of official English First moved over from the House—Roy Blunt of Missouri and John Boozman of Arkansas. Joining them in the Senate are official English supporters Marco Rubio (FL), Mike Lee (UT) and Rand Paul (KY).
What’s even more exciting is that all those mentioned above are new supporters who will now team up with long-time official English proponents such as Senators Jim Inhofe (OK) and Jim DeMint (SC) and Representatives Paul Broun (GA), Tom Price (GA), Steve King (IA), Virginia Foxx (NC), and Peter King (NY).
English First has spent many hours briefing legislators as we continue to push for legislation to make English the official language of the United States, English Only ballots for federal candidates, English language protections in the workplace, and much more.
The 112th Congress might be the friendliest to our cause that we have seen in many years.
Thank you for standing with English First in 2010, and we look forward to working together this year.