English First Applauds Sen. Inhofe, Rep. King on Bill Introduction
“English Language Unity Act” will encourage common language
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Representative Steve King (R-IA) recently reintroduced the “English Language Unity Act,” which would make English the official language of the United States.
With the help of activism by members of English First, Rep. King’s bill (H.R. 997) was introduced with 60 original cosponsors.
“A common language is the most powerful unifying force known throughout history,” Rep. King said. “We need to encourage assimilation of all legal immigrants in each generation. A nation divided by language cannot pull together as effectively as a people.”
Sen. Inhofe commented that his legislation, S. 503, “Will provide much-needed commonality among United States citizens, regardless of heritage. As a nation built by immigrants, it is important that we share one vision and one official language.”
This legislation will require the federal government to perform official duties in English, and includes an English language rule for naturalization. It also stipulates that “All citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the laws of the United States made in pursuance of the Constitution” and that “All naturalization ceremonies shall be conducted in English.”
The goal of this legislation is supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans (eighty-four percent, according to a recent Rasmussen poll). In a country in which some 300 languages are spoken, government policies that seek to appease non-English speakers not only create a burden on taxpayers but also serve to prevent legal immigrants from enjoying the benefits of full assimilation into American life.
In making English the official language of government, the Inhofe/King legislation is an important step to unifying a nation of immigrants with a common language.
English First commends the efforts of Sen. Inhofe and Rep. King for once again pushing language that will serve as a unifying factor in America.