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Unformatted text preview: 3/25/08 – English as Official vs. National Language 25/03/2008 13:11:00 ← Political movement to make English the official language of the United States How? By regulations, laws, or Constitutional Supporters of Official English • Lwo large lobbying groups: US English (1.4M Members) and English First • House Republican Policy Committee: o As we continue to welcome new Americans to our shores, we must ensure that misguided national policies do not undermine the important role of a common language of national understanding. English as the official language of our Government encourages its use by all Americans, so as to secure brighter opportunities and a better future for us all. • HR 123 (a bill to decare Eng the official lang) had 200 cosponsors in 104 th congress • Some polls find public support>85% • Celeb supporters: o Eurgene Mccarth, late Richard Nixon o Saul bellow, Norman cousins, gore vidal o Whoopi Goldberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, charlton heston o Artivists from sierra club, planned parenthood, zero pop growth • Bill Clinton? Both sides, of course o Signed official English Law in Arkansas in 1987 o Speaking to Hispanic audience later on, he recanted ← Why? Preamble TO HR 123 • (1) The United States is comprised of individuals and ← groups from diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic...
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- Spring '07
- English, Official language, common language