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Unformatted text preview: equally legitimate. As of 2000, about one of every six people (17 percent) speak a native language other than English at home. In California, this proportion is more than 40 percent. Consequently, all segments of society are affected. The California state judicial system officially provides court interpreters in 100 different languages. In education, bilingualism has seemed to be one way of helping millions of people who want to learn English to function more efficiently within the United States. A proposed Constitutional amendment has been introduced that designates English as the official language of the nation. Proponents of restricting bilingualism view the English language as the social glue that keeps the nation together. By contrast, Hispanic leaders see this movement as a veiled expression of racism....
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