This page is a spin-off from the Immigration
Issues Page and is a discussion of the idea of making English the
official language of the United States. It may already be too late for the
implementation of this idea to be politically feasible. However, many people
contend that the establishment of English as the official language of the United States
would do a great deal to promote national unity and put the brakes on multiculturalism.|
As long as I have the floor, I would like to make the assertion that Spanish language
broadcasting in this country impedes the assimilation of immigrants and makes illegal
aliens feel right at home. In fact the radio and TV stations in this country
are probably a lot better than the stations south of the border. With radio,
television and newspapers widely available in Spanish, there's no incentive to learn
English, and a permanent separation exists between one "community" and another. If
English was made the official language of the United States, our country would be
more unified and everyday interaction would be much easier.
The federal government isn't helping this situation. The State Department
actively accommodates people who can't speak English. "Language for [limited
English proficiency] individuals can be a barrier to accessing important benefits
or services, understanding and exercising important rights, complying with applicable
responsibilities, or understanding other information provided by federally funded
programs and activities."*.
Recent immigrants don't learn to speak English because they don't have to. The
government is bending over backwards to make it unnecessary to learn English to get
a federal job, get a welfare check, vote, drive, or work for any federally-funded
organization. And naturally, businesses accommodate as many customers as they can,
which often means doing business in two languages.
It is important that we all speak a common language because translation leads to
misunderstanding. Words have definite meanings, even if some English words have
multiple definitions. That's because words also have context. Words are important
and should be chosen carefully because things happen when words are spoken or
published. (Redefining words – like "marriage", for example – weakens
the foundation on which civil conversations take place.) The defense and
preservation of the English language is an important part of the maintenance of
our traditional American culture.
First, a little discussion of English per se:
Writing Center Declares American Grammar A 'Racist,' 'Unjust Language Structure'. An "antiracist" poster in a
college writing center insists American grammar is "racist" and an "unjust language structure," promising to prioritize
rhetoric over "grammatical 'correctness.'" The poster, written by the director, staff, and tutors of the University of
Washington, Tacoma's Writing Center, states "racism is the normal condition of things," declaring that it permeates rules,
systems, expectations, in courses, school and society. "Linguistic and writing research has shown clearly for many
decades that there is no inherent 'standard' of English," proclaims the writing center's statement.
Dept. Issues Guidance to Boost Academic Achievement of 'English Learners'. In the last several decades,
English learners have been among the fastest-growing populations in America's schools, now comprising nearly 10 percent of
the student population nationwide, according the Education Department. On Friday [9/23/2016], the Education Department released
non-regulatory "guidance" to help states, districts and schools "provide effective services to improve the English language
proficiency and academic achievement" of those 4.8 million English learners. "In too many places across the country,
English learners get less access to quality teachers, less access to advanced coursework, and less access to the resources
they need to succeed," Education Secretary John King Jr. said in a news release. "Together, we can change that reality."
is Destroying the English Language. Someone might object that singular "they" is only a word and hardly a great tragedy.
But every word that is destroyed in this manner impoverishes, not enriches, language. Something precious has been taken from the
people. That is why it is important to fight back and refused to use the singular they in this context.
than 350 languages spoken in U.S.; 54 percent of Los Angeles shuns English at home. Those who speak Chinese,
Korean and Vietnamese at home are less proficient in English than Spanish-speakers according to striking findings the Census
Bureau released Tuesday [11/3/2015] that suggest some Asians may have a tougher time mastering English than Hispanics.
Overall, Americans speak more than 350 different tongues at home, including some 150 Native American languages, some of which
have so few speakers that the bureau declined to release the totals for fear that it would identify actual individuals.
American Century: Arabic Is Fastest-Growing Language In USA. Data from the United States Census Bureau show
that languages spoken in Muslim countries are surging into U.S. households due to rapid growth in immigration from Muslim
nations. The Census Bureau's 2014 American Community Survey (ACS) reveals that Arabic and Urdu — Pakistan's
national language — are the fastest-growing foreign languages spoken at home, according to a new report by the
Center for Immigration Studies.
Consider Puerto Ricans Disabled Because They Speak Spanish. The Social Security
Administration (SSA) approved disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not
speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory.
According to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency is misapplying rules
that are intended to provide financial assistance to individuals who are illiterate or cannot speak
English in the United States. Under the rules, Puerto Ricans are allowed to receive disability
benefits for their inability to speak English as well.
Here ze comes.
Glenn Reynolds links to a Daily Mail article highlighting usage notes issued by a gay rights official at the University of
Tennessee, where Glenn teaches. The university official has advised staff and students to stop using "he" and
"she" — and switch to "xe," "zir" and "xyr" instead. The idea is to avoid any implication that mankind is
divided into men and women. This is discouraged as "binary" thinking. In the brave new world, gender neutral
pronouns are preferred to make the university "welcoming and inclusive" and to prevent feelings of marginalization.
I feel marginalized, however, when men can't recognize women and rules of grammar are destroyed.
D.C. Mayor Purposely Uses Bad Grammar. Democratic Washington, D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser
used grossly incorrect grammar in a recent tweet to her constituents. [Illustration] Note to the
students of the Washington, D.C. public school system: The way your mayor wrote that sentence was not
grammatically correct. When you write sentences, hopefully your teachers tell you to write them correctly
so you can be among the 59 percent of D.C. students who graduate high school in four years, according to
2012 statistics, and you won't have to become a union card-carrying public school teacher who supports
Muriel Bowser and her stilted faux-populist appeals.
Jerry Brown: Nearly 30% of CA Kids Illegal or 'Don't Speak English'. A California Immigrant Policy Center report found
that there are 2.6 million illegal immigrants in California (or 26% of all immigrants) while illegal immigrants make up nearly 10% of
the state's workforce, including "38% of the agriculture industry and 14% of the construction industry."
English America's official language is fiscally conservative. While we can say a great deal without ever speaking one word, the
importance of language stands without parallel. In today's America, many no longer see the value in having a national language. For
them, it is incomprehensible as to why English should be emphasized. The reason for said mindset is multiculturalism. It is spreading
across the Western world like wildfire. This has led not only to cultural barriers, but severe religious and ethnic conflicts.
Speak English. Assimilating into the local community is a concept that is being lost
on many of today's immigrants to America. Every current and future immigrant should realize what all early American immigrants seemed to instinctively
know: Immersing oneself into the American culture is the only way to truly realize and enjoy all that this great country has to offer.
The Origin and History of the English
Language: English is the second most spoken language in the world. It is estimated
that there are 300 million native speakers and 300 million who use English as a second language
and a further 100 million use it as a foreign language. It is the language of science, aviation,
computing, diplomacy, and tourism. It is listed as the official or co-official language of over
45 countries and is spoken extensively in other countries where it has no official status.
English language originated in England and is now widely spoken on six continents. It is
the primary language of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland,
New Zealand, and various small island nations in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. It
is also an official language of India, the Philippines, and many countries in sub-Saharan
Africa, including South Africa. English is a member of the western group of the Germanic
languages (itself part of the Indo-European language family) and is closely related to
Frisian, German, and Netherlandic (Dutch and Flemish).
English approaches the
one million-word mark. Some time soon the English language, according to at least one
reasonably authoritative source, will create its one-millionth word. ... At the current rate of
progress, the one-million mark will be reached this summer.
millionth English word could be 'defriend' or 'noob'. The widespread popularity of English as a
second language in Asia has brought about the most fertile period of word generation since William Shakespeare's
time with new terms coined on average every 98 minutes, the Texas-based group claims. It acknowledges
new words once they have been used 25,000 times by media outlets, on social networking websites and in other
Language and wealth:
If you look at the list of wealthiest countries on a per capita income basis, you will notice almost all the
top 20 are English-speaking, or use some other Germanic language, with the exception of France, Japan, and
Finland. English is only the primary language for about 5 percent (340 million) of the world's
people. Another 200 million, or 3 percent, are reasonably fluent in English, and perhaps
up to another 500 million know some English.
fragment into 'global dialects'. Traditional English is set to fragment into a multitude of
dialects as it spreads around the world, a language expert claims. Professor David Crystal, one of the
world's foremost experts on English, said people will effectively have to learn two varieties of the
language — one spoken in their home country, and a new kind of Standard English which can
be internationally understood.
English's Enduring Value.
Multilingualism has increased illiteracy and balkanized communities, but that hasn't stopped proponents from
trying to make it mandatory. What part of "this doesn't work" don't they understand? ... Many academics
who promote multiculturalism seem to be antipathetic to our own American culture, which has been responsible
for making us the most powerful nation on earth.
Why English Is Not the
"Official Language" of the United States. English began its steady climb to modern world
dominance in the 16th century with the rise of the British Empire. Riding on the waves of trade and a
strong navy, English spread as the lingua franca of world commerce. The founding of the United
States, the most successful nation in history in terms of economic and military power, caused English to
supersede all previous lingua francas. Technology and free market world trade assure that it will
continue to be the world's dominant tongue, the medium of communication, and the language of democracy that
all nations must master to survive in the global economy.
What Happens in Vagueness
Stays in Vagueness. I recently watched a television program in which a woman described a
baby squirrel that she had found in her yard. "And he was like, you know, 'Helloooo, what are you
looking at?' and stuff, and I'm like, you know, 'Can I, like, pick you up?,' and he goes, like, 'Brrrp
brrrp brrrp,' and I'm like, you know, 'Whoa, that is so wow!'" She rambled on, speaking in self-quotations,
sound effects, and other vocabulary substitutes, punctuating her sentences with facial tics and lateral
eye shifts. All the while, however, she never said anything specific about her encounter with the
squirrel. Uh-oh. It was a classic case of Vagueness, the linguistic virus that infected spoken
language in the late twentieth century.
Beware Manspreading, Enjoy
Wine O'clock: New Oxford Words. Manspreading is so widespread it's now a word. The term, coined by commuters,
refers to men on public transport who splay their legs wide apart and encroach on neighboring seats. It's now been added to
OxfordDictionaries.com. The free online dictionary of current usage, created by the publishers of the venerable Oxford English
Dictionary, issued its quarterly update Thursday [8/27/2015] of new words that have gained widespread currency in the English language.Are language cops losing war against 'wrongly' used
words? The use of "hopefully" is no longer as controversial as it once was, there exists no
shortage of words that trigger arguments amongst language formalists. But how long before these
constructions that make prescriptivists cringe are considered proper usage?
This was written by George Orwell in 1946:
Politics and the English Language. Modern English, especially
written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble.
If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step toward political regeneration:
so that the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers.
Watch Your Language:
The top five books on the history and use of English.
This map shows where
people speak English in the U.S. ... and where they don't.
This map shows
the preferred non-English languages spoken at home in the U.S.
This map shows where
Spanish-speaking people are in the majority.
See also Language Use and English-Speaking
million immigrants granted US citizenship can't speak English. In a stunning indictment of the system that
tests immigrants on their eligibility to become "naturalized citizens," a new report finds that a third are functionally
illiterate, unable to speak and understand enough English to get that status. Some 32 percent of naturalized citizens,
about 5 million, fall below "basic" skills in English, the equivalent of being functionally illiterate, according to a new
report from the Center for Immigration Studies. The report is a follow on to one that found 67 percent of immigrants
in the United States for 15 years or more can't speak much English.
This is America. Speak English or leave.
White House begins with English-only website as Team Trump breaks with Obama by nixing all Spanish-language content. Donald Trump will
not be 'El Presidente,' judging from the website his White House launched on Friday [1/20/2017]. The new whitehouse.gov, unlike the online home
of the Obama administration, has no Spanish-language content. Visiting the old White House website address for content 'en Español'
brings Web surfers to an error page.
language content removed from White House website after Trump inauguration. The site became an English-only
site shortly after Donald Trump's inauguration as US president on Friday. The Spanish version of the White House page
was created in the months following President Barack Obama's swearing-in in 2009.
580 students speak
42 languages at Buffalo, NY high school. A Somali student is turning heads at a Buffalo high school where
students speak 42 different languages. Sophomore Sahal Hussein swims on the varsity team for Lafayette High School,
where the school's 580 students speak 42 different languages, just months after the Somali native entered the pool for the
first time in September, ABC 6 reports.
in Brampton won't have to pass English test, geographical training. Taxi drivers will no longer have to pass
English tests or go through geographical knowledge training after Brampton city council quietly removed all requirements for
them to do so. This is a decision that defies simple logic. Think about it for a moment: Can anyone with
poor English and little knowledge of the city they work in be an effective taxi driver? Of course not!
Admin: Requiring Employees in US Speak English Is Discriminatory. Under new rules put forth by the Obama
administration, it's now considered discriminatory for companies in the U.S. to require that employees speak English, but
it's OK to require that workers speak a foreign language. The new enforcement guideline is meant to crack down on
"national origin discrimination" in the workplace, because according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the
American workforce is "increasingly ethnically diverse."
Workplace English Rules Discriminatory, Foreign Language Demands Aren't. Requiring employees in the United
States to speak a foreign language is not discriminatory but forcing them to speak English violates federal law under a
sweeping order issued by the Obama administration to crack down on "national origin discrimination" in the workplace.
The government's new enforcement guidelines state that bilingual requirements don't meet discrimination claims under Title
VII of the Civil Rights Act but English-only rules do because they're restrictive language policies. The administration
asserts that the new rules, which cover a broad range of scenarios that could get employers in trouble, were created because
the American workforce is "increasingly ethnically diverse."
A Posse for Your Thoughts.
If the English language had an equivalent of the endangered species list, it would be growing exponentially. This year,
for example, the use of gender identifying pronouns such as he, her, his, and him are strongly
being discouraged by the censors and administrators on college campuses. Now the speech police are playing a new game
in which words that were previously considered perfectly acceptable for all to use are now only allowed to be spoken by
certain races and ethnicities when used in certain contexts.
Voters to Decide Whether Schools May Teach Students in Spanish. Voters in California will weigh in Tuesday on a
decades-old debate about bilingual education in the state's public school system. The outcome ultimately could
determine whether California schools will continue to be required to teach in English, or may use Spanish or another
language. Although largely overlooked in a crowded election season, the issue has split Californians into two camps,
those who believe the country benefits from a multilingual society and those who believe such policies hurt students and
serve only to further ethnic and racial divides.
7 Ugliest Propositions on the California Ballot. [For example,] Prop. 58 — The "Kids Don't Need To
Learn English" Act. In 1998, when it was clear that many, many kids whose primary language was not English, were rising
through public schools being taught in their native language, and not gaining English fluency, California voters passed
Proposition 227, the English for the Children initative. That measure requires that non-English speakers be taught
English through English-language immersion. After its first year in place, the numbers of those achieving English
literacy shot up by over 20%. This year's cynical measure was placed on the ballot by those who apparently
do not want English fluency to be a goal in public education.
Kaine: 'Spanish Was the Language of Our Country Before English'. In an interview on the Spanish-language show
"Noticias Telemundo," Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, the Democrat nominee for vice president, said that Spanish was the language
of America before English. Kaine has often given speeches in Spanish, and on Sunday [10/16/2016] he gave a sermon entirely
in Spanish at Pneuma Church in Miami, Fla. "Latino culture is one of the most important things in our country right now
because we have had Hispanic roots since the beginning. ... Spanish was the language of our country before English," Kaine
told Telemundo host José D'az-Balart on Monday, according to a translated transcript.
The Editor says...
In what language was the Constitution written? In what language was the Constitution debated before it was finalized? In what language was
the Declaration of Independence written? Name one member of Congress in the 18th or 19th centuries whose primary language was something other than
English. When has the government of the United States conducted its official business in any language other than English?
65 Million U.S. Residents Spoke a Foreign Language at Home in 2015. In 2015, a record 64.7 million U.S.
residents (native-born, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants) age five and older spoke a language other than English at
home. The number has more than doubled since 1990, when 31.8 million spoke a language other than English. Taking
a longer view, the 64.7 million foreign-language speakers in 2015 is almost triple the number in 1980. As a share of the
population, 21.5 percent of U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home — nearly double the 11 percent in 1980.
Decrees That Limited-English-Speakers Are Protected Under Fair Housing Act. "People with limited English
proficiency are not a protected class under the Fair Housing Act," said the Department of Housing and Urban Development on
Thursday. But they are now, by decree. Under the heading of "national origin," HUD is making non-English-speakers
a protected class. In its announcement, HUD noted that the Fair Housing Act "prohibits discrimination on seven
protected bases, including national origin, which is closely linked to the ability to communicate proficiently in
English. Housing providers are therefore prohibited from using limited English proficiency selectively or as an
excuse for intentional housing discrimination," HUD said.
York City scraps English test for taxi drivers. According to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, just 4 percent
of current drivers were born in the United States.
York City cab drivers no longer have to speak English as new laws come into force. New rules came into force on
Friday scrapping the English proficiency exam faced by anyone wanting to drive one of New York's iconic yellow cabs.
There are about 13,600 taxis in New York and more than 40,000 drivers, of whom, at the last count, 82 percent were born
outside the United States. Leap into a cab in New York there is a fair chance the driver's first language could be
Urdu, Sylheti or Spanish.
mayor refuses invitation to meeting because it was written in English and Spanish. "I will NOT attend a
function that is sent to me in Spanish/Mexican. One nation means one language and I am insulted by the division caused
by language," Huachuca City Mayor Ken Taylor said in an email Wednesday [8/10/2016] to John Cook, executive director of the
U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors Association.
Study: Arabic is the Fastest Growing Language in U.S.. Arabic is the fastest growing language in the
U.S., with the number of Arabic speakers growing by 29 percent between 2010 and 2014, according to a recent study by the
Pew Research Center. Over the longer period from 2000 to 2014, the number of Arabic speakers in the U.S. nearly doubled,
rising from 615,000 in 2000 to 1.1 million by 2014, according to the study, which analyzed data from the U.S. Census
Bureau. As a result, census questionnaires will be available in Arabic for the first time in 2020, Pew reports.
frozen custard stand under fire over English-only policy. Leon's Frozen Custard has an English-only policy — a policy some
are questioning, and others are applauding. The policy has one group calling for a federal investigation. Ron Schneider, the owner of
Leon's, says there's nothing wrong with his policy, and it doesn't appear that it is hurting his business. Leon's is located near 27th and
Oklahoma on Milwaukee's south side. "Most people that live here are Latino," Jorge Maya said.
580 students speak 42 languages at Buffalo, NY high
school. A Somali student is turning heads at a Buffalo high school where students speak 42 different languages. Sophomore Sahal
Hussein swims on the varsity team for Lafayette High School, where the school's 580 students speak 42 different languages, just months after the
Somali native entered the pool for the first time in September, ABC 6 reports. "Most of them have never swam before," swim instructor
Abigail Reinhardt told the news site.
The Editor says...
Have never swam? That's a quote from a teacher? Is Doofus one of the 42 languages? How are the kids supposed to learn
English if the teachers don't speak English?
Amarillo balks at more Mideast refugees. As
Texas officials spar with Obama administration lawyers over refugee resettlement, Amarillo is building Muslim "ghettos." Under federal
refugee programs, the North Texas town has become home to more than 1,000 Mideast migrants — giving Amarillo the highest refugee
ratio in the country. "Our education system is overloaded with kids who can't speak English. We have something like 22 languages
spoken in our schools," said William Sumerford, a local taxpayer activist.
Report: 30% of Nashville School Children Not Native English Speakers. Over the past year, Conservative Review
has published numerous reports illustrating how the current protracted wave of immigration is unlike anything this country
has ever experienced since our founding. Today, I'd like to draw attention to the following article from the Tennessean
demonstrating just how fundamentally transformed the city of Nashville has become in recent years and what it portends for
the rest of the country.
offers Thanksgiving cooking help in Spanish. Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays, celebrating the
first Pilgrim harvest in 1621, but that doesn't mean other cultures can't enjoy, especially neighbors from Latin America.
To help, the Agriculture Department is offering Thanksgiving dinner tips in Spanish, live on the telephone, and online
through its Twitter account in Spanish[.]
'Welcome' Guide for New Immigrants Advises on Public Benefits — in 14 Different Languages. The Obama
administration has released an updated welcome guide for new immigrants in the U.S. featuring detailed sections about
obtaining public benefits including food stamps, welfare, and Obamacare. "You or members of your family may be eligible
for other federal benefits, depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income level," the
Babel. Most Americans live in traditional American societies,
but this is rapidly going away, while places like New York and San Francisco are becoming mono-cultural. When in the suburbs,
I'm surprised by how quickly the old white English speaking world is being washed away. Retail stores are all run by foreigners.
Labor is mostly Spanish. The foreign youth adopt the habits of ghetto youth creating a weird blended youth culture that will be
"American" culture in a generation. It's comforting to think that the people will rise up and put an end to this, but that horse
left the barn a generation ago.
63.2 million non-English speaking residents, surge in Arabic, Chinese, Spanish. More than one in five U.S.
residents speak a language other than English at home, a record, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In an analysis of
the recent Census American Community Survey, a huge surge was recorded in those who speak Chinese, Spanish, Arabic and Urdu,
Pakistan's national language. The report from the Center for Immigration Studies documented the growth of immigrants in the
United States and provided evidence of concerns new immigrants are slow to assimilate into American culture, namely by speaking
English at home.
wants 1 million Americans learning Chinese by 2020. President Obama announced a new initiative Friday [9/25/2015] aimed at
having 1 million American schoolchildren learn Mandarin Chinese over the next five years. The commitment by Obama would
see the number of American students learning Mandarin quintuple; 200,000 students across the country are studying Mandarin today.
Obama framed the initiative as a chance for the countries to learn more about each other.
The Editor says...
The President should instead insist that all school children learn English -- especially those who have just arrived in this country.
This Column Is In English. Just wanted to make sure I didn't come across as a racist, nativist xenophobe. That
is, after all, the attack that awaits anyone suggesting primacy for the English language in a country founded and made great solely
by people speaking that language. How do we know? Because Donald Trump, in another moment of resonant genius, suggested
Jeb Bush should campaign in English for a job that is won by attracting voters, all of which speak English. Of course we have
populations struggling to learn English, and a proper bilingual bridge helps them on that journey to English proficiency. But
far too many people in our nation insulate themselves in a bubble of their native tongue, making little or no effort to assimilate
more students from China, U. of I. to broadcast football games in Chinese. A surge in students from China has
prompted the University of Illinois to add Chinese-language broadcasts of its football games this season.
Professors Censor Words 'Female,' 'Illegal Alien' And Make White Students 'Defer'. It's back-to-school time,
America. And you know what that means: Taxpayer-funded professors at public universities are flatly censoring
politically-incorrect terms and requiring students with white skin to "defer" to minority students. The site of the
rank discrimination based on politics and skin color is Washington State University, reports Campus Reform.
Washington State, They'll Dock Your Grades For Using Inappropriate Terms Like "Illegal Alien," "Male" And "Female". If you've
got some aptitude for a skilled trade, got get a job out of high school or save money on higher education and go to a community college.
Increasingly it makes zero sense to attend a four-year university — because the crazies who run all too many of those universities
don't educate, they indoctrinate students into a suicide cult of politically-correct societal death.
At War with Reality. No
doubt inspired by Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem, the administrators of the University of Tennessee's Office for Diversity and
Inclusion [...] appear determined to eradicate prejudicial pronouns from the English language. Gender neutral pronouns are
to replace traditional terminology. No one is to be referred to as "he" or "she" lest the transgender community be
offended. A helpful chart indicates the new, gender free terminology designed to replace the offensive pronouns and all
moves to provide interpreters in all court cases. Legal advocates say throughout the state, litigants in
divorce, child custody, eviction and other civil cases who have difficulty with English are going into court without
to Sheriff Joe: Speak Spanish in jails. The Justice Department announced a deal Friday [7/17/2015]
requiring Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to provide services in Spanish to his jail inmates, settling part
of a two-year-old discrimination complaint the Obama administration filed against the man known as "America's
Sheriff." Federal authorities will also become permanent overseers for all worksite raids, with the power
to demand information about any raids that deputies perform. The Justice Department says it will scrutinize
them to make sure they're following the Constitution.
has more Spanish speakers than Spain does, new report finds. A new study by the
Instituto Cervantes found that while Mexico still is far and away the country with the most Spanish
speakers, with over 121 million people speaking the language, the U.S. sits second worldwide with
close to 53 million Spanish speakers. To put this in perspective, that is around 6.2 million
more Spanish speakers than the entire population of Spain has altogether. If Spain is upset about
this, the country only has itself to blame as the highest concentrations of Spanish speakers in the U.S.
are in states that were formerly Spain's possessions.
US has more Spanish
speakers than Spain. The United States now has more Spanish speakers than Spain —
and the second most in the world, according to a new study. A report published by the renowned Instituto
Cervantes research center says there are now an estimated 52.6 million people in the US who can speak the
worldwide romance language, which is second only to Mexico's 121 million. In comparison, Colombia
is made up of 48 million Spanish speakers and Spain only has 46 million.
police issue commands in Spanish when facing a suspect at gunpoint? Three McMinnville
police officers faced off with Juventino Bermudez-Arenas as he held the large blade he'd just used
to kill a 20-year-old Linfield College student. Officers pulled their guns. One, who spoke
Spanish, reached for her Taser but dropped it and grabbed her pistol as Bermudez-Arenas lowered his
head and his hands and appeared to move forward. Seconds before they fatally shot the 33-year-old
Mexican man, police yelled, "Get on the ground," and, "Drop the knife," again and again. They
yelled their commands in English, the dominant language in the U.S. But in the days after the Nov. 15
shooting of Bermudez-Arenas, his family and his employer told detectives he had understood few English words
and couldn't speak the language.
The Editor says...
A reasonable and sober person could surmise that if the cops in any country are yelling at you
in any language, and pointing their guns at you, that's a clear signal that you should get passive quickly.
So here's a tip for all knife-wielding homicidal immigrants: Learn enough English to understand the cops,
or you might get yourself killed.
versus Prescriptive: Another Left-Wing Scam. Teaching is typically prescriptive, and
that's how it should be. Schools should teach the right ways to do things. (This approach has got
to be far more efficient than what many public schools are now doing: teach no ways at all, or teach
all the ways as if none is preferable.) Bottom line, what newspapers call Standard English should
be taught first. That seems to be what our left-wing professors are eager to stop.
House Chief of Staff Delivers Weekly Message in Spanish. Are we a bilingual country or
what!! Usually it's some lower level functionary, but this morning the second most powerful person
in the White House is speaking Spanish to America. I feel so bad for my grandparents today.
How is it that Roosevelt never gave one of his fireside chats in Yiddish? I mean, there were lots Jewish
immigrants from the shtetls in the country at the time. I guess they had to learn English.
For Illegals Is Importing Poverty Into The U.S.. Rep. Michele Bachmann warned that the
immigrants about to be amnestied have high illiteracy rates and may vote. The left howled, but the
reality is she understated it. The hard data tell the story. Commenting on President Obama's
amnesty of 5 million illegals, the Minnesota Republican told reporters at the Capitol, "The social
cost will be profound on the U.S. taxpayer — millions of unskilled, illiterate, foreign
nationals coming to the United States who can't speak the English language." She added that many
will vote illegally, too. [...] As for the ability to speak English, Bachmann is particularly accurate:
Central Americans, despite the long exposure of their illegals to the U.S., have the lowest English
proficiency in the entire hemisphere.
The Big Money
Behind the Push for an Immigration Overhaul. When President Obama announces major
changes to the nation's immigration enforcement system as early as next week, his decision will
partly be a result of a yearslong [sic] campaign of pressure by immigrant rights groups, which have
grown from a cluster of lobbying organizations into a national force. A vital part of that
expansion has involved money: major donations from some of the nation's wealthiest liberal
The Editor says...
Yes, this article came from the New York Times, and was written by a professional.
Even so, I challenge you to show me the dictionary that omits the hyphen from "years-long." And when
I say dictionary, I mean a dusty old book that can't be changed on a whim by a committee, like the
alleged dictionary your smart phone coughs up on demand. Punctuation is an important part of any language.
Congressional Debate In California Hosted Entirely In Spanish. A Saturday morning
debate between Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) and his Democratic challenger, Amanda Renteria, was hosted
in Spanish, the Fresno Bee reports. The debate, hosted by Univision Fresno at Fresno State in
Bakersfield, Calif., the Fresno Bee wrote, was "conducted entirely in Spanish."
One in Ten Adults in U.S. Not Proficient in English. The number of working-age adults
in the United States with limited proficiency in English has more than doubled since 1980, according
to a new Brookings Institution study. Immigrants proficient in English, the study notes, tend to
earn substantially higher incomes. "English proficiency is a strong predictor of economic
standing among immigrants, regardless of the amount of education they have attained, and it is
associated with the greater academic and economic success of the workers' children," the study found.
Immigrants Need Official
English. America is inherently multilingual, but for the sake of unity and equal protection of the laws,
we must make English the official language for all U.S. Government business.
Lawmakers Aim To Ban English Only Instruction in Public Schools. On Tuesday [8/26/2014], a few
hours after Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto said that Illegal Aliens deserve justice in the USA
and Gov. Jerry Brown welcomed all illegal immigrants to California, lawmakers in Sacramento passed a
proposed ballot measure seeking to dismantle the English-only mandate for public schools and
increase multilingual education programs.
district to boost programs for immigrant students. A Detroit-area school district with
a growing Arab-American population has agreed to improve its programs for students with limited
English skills and to potentially hire more educators of Arab descent. In a 31-page agreement
with the Department of Justice, the Crestwood School District in Dearborn Heights says it "shall
take appropriate action to overcome language barriers that impede equal and meaningful participation
by" students with limited English skills. The settlement also requires the district to provide
school documents in both English and foreign languages such as Arabic and to promote a more diverse
staff. The agreement was released in both Arabic and English.
where English is the official language. Five states are considering legislation this
year to make English their official language. If passed, they would join the 31 states with existing
official language laws.
Taxi Drivers Say English Test Requirement Is Setting Them Up For Failure. Taxi drivers
required to pass an English test to renew their permits in Sacramento say they're being set up for
failure. Part of a newly passed ordinance that recently went into effect requires drivers to
know a certain level of English. The city says the requirement came from passenger complaints.
principal fired for telling students to speak English. The Texas principal who was
placed on administrative leave and then fired for telling Hispanic students at her middle school
that they should speak English in the classroom can now speak freely — the gag order has
expired — and says that her request only mirrored what's written in state law. Amy
Lacey was placed on administrative leave in 2013 after she asked via an intercom announcement that
Hempstead Middle School students should speak English in the classroom. She shortly after
learned that the school board declined to renew her contract and would be firing her.
Pushing 'Free' Food: Call '1-877-8-HAMBRE (for Spanish Speakers)'. The U.S. Agriculture
Department has set a goal of serving 178 million free meals to children now that school is out.
That's 10 million more meals than were served last summer. "Admittedly, this is an aggressive
goal, and we can't do it alone," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a column posted on the USDA
website. "With strong support from individuals, communities, local governments and advocates,
we can reach more kids with nutritious meals during their time out of school."
Gov't Sues Wisconsin Company, Says English-Language Requirement is 'Discrimination'.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency tasked with enforcing workplace
discrimination laws, is suing a private American business for firing a group of Hispanic and Asian
employees over their inability to speak English at work, claiming that the English-language
requirement in a U.S. business constitutes "discrimination." Judicial Watch reported Tuesday [7/1/2014]
that the government is accusing Wisconsin Plastics, Inc. of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on "national origin." The government argues this
includes the "linguistic characteristics of a national origin group." Irene Garcia, the blog
editor and Spanish media liaison for Judicial Watch, called the EEOC's accusation "ludicrous."
Suing Wisconsin Company For Requiring Employees To Speak and Understand English. The
United States government is actually suing a private American business for discriminating against
Hispanic and Asian employees because they don't speak English on the job. It involves a Green Bay
Wisconsin metal and plastic manufacturer that fired a group of Hmong and Hispanic workers over
their English skills, "even though those skills were not needed to perform their jobs," according
to the feds. More importantly, forcing employees to speak English in the U.S. violates
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, says the Obama administration.
Translator For Defendant Brings Blistering Dissent From Texas' Highest Criminal Court. Justice Elsa
Alcala issued a condemning rebuke to her fellow jurists this week for summarily disregarding the constitutional
right of non-English defendants to have a translator in a criminal trial. [...] The other jurists opined that
Garcia had waived his right to a translator. [...] Garcia's legal counsel told the trial court judge that his
client waived his right to an interpreter. The defendant, Irving Magana Garcia, was convicted in Hidalgo
County of murder. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting a man almost 12 times
at a shopping mall in McAllen, Texas.
The Editor says...
In my opinion, all public transactions should be conducted exclusively in English. Potential imprisonment of the
innocent would be a strong motivator in English classes. In this case, the defendant was a murderer, and didn't
need a whole lot of translation about anything other than legal technicalities and maneuvers.
FCC might require Spanish version of broadcast weather alerts. The Obama administration is
considering whether to require that television broadcasts of emergency announcements be provided in different
languages. [...] The rule would require certain stations to air all presidential messages in both English and
Spanish. To a lesser extent, emergency broadcasts in certain areas may also be aired in other languages,
such as French or Mandarin. Spanish is the primary language for more than 38 million people living in
America, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But many Spanish speakers do not speak English, so the FCC
wants to ensure that they can be reached by emergency broadcast.
The Editor says...
People whose television sets are tuned to an English-language program don't need to hear weather alerts in Spanish.
And if they do, that's what the SAP channel is for. The only way "to ensure that they can be reached by emergency
broadcast[s]" is to make it impossible to turn radio and television receivers off — like the telescreens
in 1984. Anybody with two eyes and a window can see a storm coming, and tornado sirens speak everybody's
language. If you think you might miss out on a tornado warning, learn some English. But here's a tip:
Don't take English lessons from that synthesized voice on the NOAA weather radio.
Principal fired for
Spanish language ban, Hispanic activists seek FBI Investigation. A principal at a Texas middle school where
about half the students are Hispanic in ethnic origin has been fired for reportedly getting on the school intercom and
announcing a ban on the use of Spanish in all classrooms. The incident occurred on Nov. 12 at Hempstead Middle
School in Hempstead, a tiny town about 50 miles northwest of Houston. The principal, Amy Lacey, had been on paid
administrative leave since the incident. School district officials announced at a school board meeting on Monday
[3/17/2014] that her contract will not be renewed, reports the Houston Chronicle.
school principal in mucho trouble for Spanish language ban. Students at a Texas middle school say their
principal got on the intercom last month and announced a ban on the use of Spanish in all classrooms. The incident
occurred on Nov. 12 at Hempstead Middle School in Hempstead, a tiny town about 50 miles mostly west of downtown
Houston. The principal who allegedly banned Spanish, Amy Lacey, has since been placed on paid administrative leave
pending an investigation by the school district, reports local CBS affiliate KHOU.
who told kids not to speak Spanish will lose job. The Hempstead school board won't renew the contract of a
principal who instructed her students not to speak Spanish, in a rapidly-evolving district where more than half of the
students, like many Texas schools, are now Hispanic. Hempstead Middle School Principal Amy Lacey was placed on paid
administrative leave in December after reportedly announcing, via intercom, that students were not to speak Spanish on
the school's campus.
More on That Principal Fired For Requiring
English In The Classroom. [Scroll down] According to another article on the topic, Principal Amy
Lacey only prohibited the speaking of Spanish in class. And, if you consult the comments section of this article,
it appears that there was more going on. According to "pepjrp", "It was only banned in classes as that was where
the 4 girls reportedly disrupted classes by talking about other kids in Spanish during class and also called a
teacher names in Spanish. This was confirmed by other Spanish speaking students. That is what started
all of this.
Texas Principal Put On Leave
For Banning Spanish In School. A Texas middle school principal has been placed on paid leave after she banned the speaking of Spanish by
students while in class.
Non-English speakers can be jurors, New Mexico court says.
The New Mexico Supreme Court is cautioning the state's trial courts that citizens who don't speak English have the right to serve on juries. The court issued the admonition
in a ruling that upholds an Albuquerque man's convictions for murder and other crimes in the bludgeoning death of his girlfriend and a subsequent armed robbery and stabbing.
41% in Bankrupt
Stockton Don't Speak English at Home; 21% Can't Speak It Very Well. In Stockton, Calif., which has just entered into
Chapter 9 bankruptcy, 41 percent of the people do not speak English at home and 21 percent cannot speak it very well,
according to the U.S. Census Bureau. [...] Looking at the subset of Stockton's population that was five years old or older (264,713), the
Census Bureau estimated there were 119,991 people who did not speak English at home.
Speech Enrages Community. A California school district is defending its decision to allow a valedictorian to deliver
his graduation speech entirely in Spanish even though many people in the audience only spoke English and felt excluded from the
ceremony. Jessie Ceja, the principal at Orestimba High School in Newman, Calif., said the valedictorian had earned the right
to deliver the speech any way he saw fit.
The Editor says...
Yeah, right. Any way he saw fit, unless that included a reverent dedication to Jesus Christ.
District Shows Zero Intelligence With Spanish-Language Valedictory Speech. A school district in tiny Newman, Calif., showed
zero intelligence in encouraging a presumably high-achieving student to deliver his high-school valedictorian speech in Spanish.
Did they teach him anything at all?
Arizona nursing student
suspended as 'bigot' for requesting class in English. A nursing student attending Pima Community College in Arizona was
suspended from class and subjected to accusations of bigotry when she asked that the course she paid for be conducted in English.
The student, Terri Bennett, 50, initially complained in April to school officials because she said the Spanish-dominated discussions
in her class room were preventing her from learning, Townhall reported. The college nursing program director, David Kutzler, then
allegedly called her "a bigot" and an expletive, and suspended her.
Student Suspended for Asking that Classes be Taught in English. A 50-year-old community college student in Arizona has been
suspended — her crime: asking that class discussions be conducted in English. [...] It's a twisted day in America when a
student has "ineffective communications skills" because she speaks English. Foreign language skills are beneficial for workers in a
variety of fields, but to punish a community college student for lacking Spanish proficiency is obviously absurd.
Govt failing to teach over 98% of people who can't speak
English. English-as-a-second-language (ESL) programs run by the Department of Education have overwhelmingly failed to help the estimated 23 million
adults in America designated as having Limited English Proficiency (LEP) — including 2.9 million born in the U.S. — a study released
by the Lexington Institute finds. The report faulted the government for both the limited scope of the programs — which only reached 1.24 million,
or 5 percent, of LEP adults — and for their lack of effectiveness: Only 40 percent of those enrolled from 2007-2010 made "any progress"
through the levels of the program.
says it ditched 'exchanges' because word doesn't translate into Spanish. The Obama administration has stopped using the
term "exchanges" to describe part of the healthcare law because the word doesn't translate into Spanish, an official said Thursday
[1/31/2013]. Anton Gunn, director of External Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said the rebranding of
the insurance exchanges as "marketplaces" was geared toward Spanish speakers who will use the system.
Arizona Court: Public Office Requires English
Proficiency. The Arizona Supreme Court on Friday [8/17/2012] upheld a state law that requires elected officials to be able to read, write and speak
the English language. The state's top court, in affirming a lower court's ruling, said the long-standing language requirement "manifests a legitimate concern
that those who hold elective office be minimally proficient in English in order to conduct the duties of their office without the aid of an interpreter."
The court rejected an argument that a lower court's interpretation of the law violates the right to participate in government, with the high court holding that
there is no constitutional right to seek office. The state law requiring English proficiency as a qualification for public office has existed since before
statehood, the opinion said.
Rep. King: English
Language 'Binds Us,' Obama Administration 'Divides Us'. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is sponsoring a bill to make English
the official language of the United States — a law he said will help "bind" Americans together at a time when the Obama administration
is trying to create divisions between people.
Conyers Shares His Thoughts On Proposed English-Only Bill In Spanish. Rep. John Conyers not only made his
thoughts regarding House Republicans' proposed English-only bill clearly known by what he said, but also how he
said it. Addressing the Committee in Spanish, Conyers said, in a nutshell, that immigrants from Asian and Latin
America are objects of discrimination in the U.S., and that one day our country will look back on our treatment of these
individuals with regret.
Steve King Announces Hearing on English as Official Language. Known for his hard-line stance on immigration, Rep. Steve King,
R-Iowa, resurfaced Wednesday the debate over whether English should be the official language of the United States. King announced that
a Judiciary Committee hearing on the Official English Act, legislation that King has championed since 2003 when he was sworn into Congress,
will be held next week.
Chairman to Testify Before Congress in Support of English Language Bill. U.S.English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica has been
selected to testify before the United States House of Representatives in support of a bill to make English the official language of the
United States. The House Subcommittee on the Constitution, part of the House Committee on the Judiciary, will hold a hearing on
H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, on Thursday, August 2, 2012. As a vocal supporter of Official English legislation,
Chairman Mujica has been chosen to speak on one of two panels during the hearing.
Take America back with English language bill. For far too long
Americans have allowed themselves to be lulled into a neat little corner of dulled complacency because political correctness and intellectual
piracy has subjugated citizens to become mentally enslaved by the politically correct thought police at the expense of American's English
language heritage. This must no longer be tolerated here in this nation or in any state in the nation. We can no longer afford to
be asleep at the switch while, our children, our nieces and nephews and grandchildren our penalized because precious educational dollars are
siphoned off to accommodate illegal alien children who continue to learn to speak in the native tongue of their foreign country.
English push for 'sign language'.
It's a sign of the times. All businesses in [New York City] would be required to post signs in English, under a proposed state law
aimed at merchants who erect signs in foreign languages only. Firms that fail to comply would face fines ranging from $250
to $5,000 for repeat offenses.
says Puerto Rico must adopt English for statehood. Rick Santorum on Wednesday [3/14/2012] laid out
one caveat he would hold for the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico before it obtained statehood, saying the island
would need to make English its principal language before it becomes a state. Santorum portrayed the
language requirement as a matter of federal law, though no language provision currently exists for territories
seeking statehood. In the past, territories seeking admission to the United States have been required to
adopt English as the language of state government.
doubles down on English in Puerto Rico idea. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on
Thursday [3/15/2012] doubled down on his statement that Puerto Ricans need to speak English before their island
territory can become a state. He said that English needs to be "spoken universally" and should be a condition
When English is the official language of this
country, lots of writers and reporters will be out of a job.
wondering: what happening to language? Something funny going on across the country. Verbs
disappearing. Other speech parts, too. Meanwhile: sentence fragments, participial phrases running
amok — starting in New York and Los Angeles, then blanketing the entire nation. Law enforcement puzzled.
FBI, no leads yet. Investigations ongoing. And now a theory: Nightly news to blame.
you don't speak English you can't belong in Britain. When the last Labour government
introduced a requirement that immigrants who wished to marry a British citizen must learn English before
coming to live here, it struck most people as a perfectly reasonable expectation. But that requirement
is now being challenged in the High Court on two grounds. First, it is said to be racially discriminatory,
because it impacts disproportionately on certain ethnic groups; and second, under the European Convention on
Human Rights, it is said to obstruct the right to family life.
You Speaking English? That was the question that Texas Senator Chris Harris, a Republican
from Arlington, was asking last week of Antolin Aguirre who was testifying against Senate Bill 9 which
cracks down on illegal immigration. Aguirre used an interpreter and in his testimony said that he came
here in 1988. Sen. Harris interrupted his statement saying, "Did I understand him correctly that he has
been here since 1988? Why aren't you speaking in English then?" Good question but while we're
asking that, please explain why we have to press "1" on calls to speak English.
English for Immigrants.
President Obama invoked immigrant assimilation this week in a speech in El Paso, Texas, praising the notion
embodied in the motto E pluribus unum: out of many, one. But it wasn't all that long ago
when many liberals eschewed the idea of America as having one language, one culture, and one people.
Ironically, it has taken an anti-immigrant backlash to awaken at least some liberals to the dangers of
multiculturalism, which they pushed aggressively for decades. It was liberals — not
conservatives — who originally claimed that today's immigrants couldn't assimilate, or, in their
view, shouldn't even try.
and English as Official Language Bills Gain Momentum. State legislators in Indiana and
Minnesota are pushing laws requiring public documents and other government business in those states
to be done only in English.
budget now available — in Spanish! Breaking yet another barrier, the Congressional
Progressive Caucus released a copy of its proposed 2012 budget in Spanish. The CPC, the liberal
faction of Democrats in the House of Representatives, is offering one of five alternate budgets to House
Republicans' main proposal. All of those budgets are scheduled to receive a vote later Friday.
But the CPC's effort this year, which they titled the "People's Budget," is the only one that's available
in a second language.
The Editor says...
Whatever the cost of this political stunt, it is a waste of taxpayers' money.
Upset Over Son's Assignment to Recite Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. Melissa Taggart says she
was delighted that her son was learning a foreign language in the eighth grade — until she learned
he was expected to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish. And that he'd receive a zero if he didn't.
Make English the Official Language.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, a woman pointedly asked Republican candidate John McCain: "Why as
an American do I have to push a button to speak English?" The crowd roared with applause. "I
think you struck a nerve," McCain replied, who added that "English must be learned by everybody."
Polls continue to indicate that sentiment is shared by a huge majority of Americans, including immigrants and
native born, yet the country has not designated English its official language.
Say English Should Be U.S. Official Language. Americans continue to overwhelmingly believe that
English should be the official language of the United States and reject by sizable margins the idea that such
a move is racist or a violation of free speech. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds
that 87% of Adults favor making English the nation's official language.
HHS Launches Health Care Web Site for Spanish-Speakers.
The Health and Human Services Department has unveiled a Spanish-language Web site intended to help non-English-speaking
U.S. residents "take control of their health."
Lakes approves English-only resolution. A controversial resolution barring the use of city
money to provide translation of many city documents or to translate public meetings passed the Lino Lakes
City Council on Monday night [7/26/2010] by a vote of 4-1. The northeast Twin Cities suburb became
the first Minnesota city to pass such an ordinance.
Truths We Dare Not Speak About Illegal Immigration. Millions are willing to cast aside
cultural, linguistic, ethnic, familial, and tribal ties for something quite different across the border.
That said, why then would not both immigrant and the host facilitate and amplify that choice by insisting on
English, assimilation, and immersion within the mutually preferred host culture?
Its a catastrophe for
the apostrophe in Britain. On the streets of Birmingham, the queen's English is now the queens
English. England's second-largest city has decided to drop apostrophes from all its street signs, saying
they're confusing and old-fashioned. But some purists are downright possessive about the punctuation mark.
hero' branded a vandal for painting apostrophes on street signs. After enduring sloppy
punctuation on the street sign outside his home for more than a year, Stefan Gatward could stand it
no longer. The 62-year-old former soldier decided to launch a one-man crusade against 'dumbed
down' Britain, and picked up a paintbrush to insert a missing apostrophe.
Quangos blackball ... oops,
sorry ... veto 'racist' everyday phrases. Dozens of quangos and taxpayer-funded organisations
have ordered a purge of common words and phrases so as not to cause offence. Among the everyday sayings
that have been quietly dropped in a bid to stamp out racism and sexism are "whiter than white", "gentleman's
agreement", "black mark" and "right-hand man".
questioned in Oklahoma's English-only debate. The Oklahoma congressional delegation wants U.S. Attorney
General Eric Holder to explain why the Justice Department got involved in a debate by the Oklahoma Legislature this
year over making English the state's official language.
Obama DOJ Threatened Oklahoma Over
English-Only Vote. The Obama administration believes that an inability to speak English is a civil right.
It is even more distressing that the administration, legally speaking, may be right.
The Editor says...
The State of Oklahoma has a choice: Take a handout from the federal government, or live in freedom. Where did
the federal government get the money it threatens to withhold? The federal government has no money of its
own — it is entirely parasitic. Does anyone really believe that the U.S. government will cut off the State of
Oklahoma from all federal funds while withholding taxes from Oklahomans' paychecks? I say, call their bluff!
Object of a proposition:
English as a national language. English is already universal. It's not only spoken by an
overwhelming number of Americans, it's also understood by hundreds of millions worldwide. It's the
language of aviation, and thus international commerce, as well as the default language of the Internet.
Everyone, from stock traders in New York to software designers in Mumbai, uses English to conduct business.
But instead of using the power of our native tongue to unite the country, our official policy has been to
balkanize the United States.
Starbucks booted me. Lynne Rosenthal, a college English professor from Manhattan, said three cops forcibly
ejected her from an Upper West Side Starbucks yesterday morning after she got into a dispute with a counterperson —
make that barista — for refusing to place her order by the coffee chain's rules. ... "I just wanted a
multigrain bagel," Rosenthal told The [New York] Post. "I refused to say 'without butter or cheese.'
Kentucky governor halts plan for English-only driving
test. Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday [5/27/2009] said the state will continue offering written driver's
license tests in 22 languages, reversing a recent decision by the Kentucky State Police to give the exams only in English.
The Next Conservatism: What sort
of specifics might the next conservative agenda include? Clearly some elements carry over from the current
conservative agenda. … It wants a strong national defense, including missile defense. It demands
effective control of our borders, elimination of illegal immigration, a reduction in legal immigration,
and effective acculturation of recent immigrants. English should become America's official language, the
only language in which any government business may be conducted.
Supreme Court sends a
signal — in English. Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court decision [6/25/2009] in Horne v. Flores
drives another nail into the coffin of bilingual education, the teaching theory in which immigrant children are segregated
by language and taught primarily in their native language while being taught English on the side.
English plan clears Oklahoma Senate panel. Legislation for a statewide vote on making English
the official language of Oklahoma has cleared a Senate Committee. The vote was 9-6 Wednesday [4/1/2009]
for the Republican-sponsored proposed constitutional amendment over objections that it is not needed and
tries to create a political wedge issue.
Hispanic Leaders Blast Schwarzenegger's Advice
to Turn Off Spanish TV. Some Hispanic leaders lashed out Friday at California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger's advice that immigrants should "turn off the Spanish television set" to better learn how to
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., agrees with Schwarzenegger that there should be English
language standards. "Congressman Hunter believes there should be English language standards in place,
especially through this citizenship process," said Joe Kasper, a spokesman for Hunter.
issue on some ballots. In a high school classroom, Xavier Chavez is trying to teach a group
of restless teenagers about Manifest Destiny — the 19th-century belief that the United States was divinely
fated to stretch from sea to shining sea. But these students are children of immigrants, and they
first have to learn English.
Amendment to make English official language
passes. The Missouri Constitution will include an amendment making English the official language
for all government proceedings. Voters on Tuesday [11/4/2008] approved Amendment 1, which would
prohibit using any other language in all government meetings from local committees to the state Legislature.
That includes meetings conducted over the phone or the Internet.
Report: LPGA will suspend memberships
if players don't learn English. Players were told by LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens that by
the end of 2009, all players who have been on the tour for two years must pass an oral evaluation of their
English skills or face a membership suspension. A written explanation of the policy was not given to
players, according to the report.
Feminism and the English
Language: Our language used to belong to all its speakers and readers and writers. But in the 1970s and
'80s, arrogant ideologues began recasting English into heavy artillery to defend the borders of the New Feminist state.
In consequence we have all got used to sentences where puffed-up words like "chairperson" and "humankind" strut and preen,
where he-or-she's keep bashing into surrounding phrases like bumper cars and related deformities blossom like
blisters; they are all markers of an epoch-making victory of propaganda over common sense.
Get Ahead. It's no secret that in America knowing how to speak the English language is the basic
requirement for success — if you can't speak the language everybody else speaks, you
are back at the Tower of Babel wondering what everybody around you is trying to say.
PC end of the English-speaking peoples? As Tony Blair prepares to leave 10 Downing St., "Muhammad"
is the second-most popular name in Britain. As George W. Bush is finally deserted by his
long-suffering conservative base, "Jose" is not the second-most popular name in the United States. But
Spanish, as yet unofficially, is America's second language.
The Salvation Army or the Hispanic Caucus?
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's 2007 lawsuit against the Salvation Army's requirement that its
employees must speak English has once again split Congress between those who believe immigrants should adapt
to American ways and those who don't. Just before Congress left for its Thanksgiving break, a vote to
rein in the EEOC triggered a revolt by the House of Representatives' Hispanic Caucus. Senator Lamar
Alexander — during committee consideration of the EEOC's appropriation — added a provision that would
deny the EEOC any funds to continue its lawsuit against the Salvation Army's English-only policy.
Make English Official. One of the most unreported
stories of the past month is Democrats in Congress refusing to protect the Salvation Army and other similar
organizations from lawsuits for requiring their employees to be able to speak English on the job. This
policy issue is also important politically, and Republicans will benefit politically by doing the right thing.
Do You Say, "I Gave At the Office," In Spanish? The Salvation Army (SA) has an English-only policy,
which is permitted for businesses where employees interact heavily with the public. That policy applies
across the board to all employees, including Hispanics. Unfortunately, certain Hispanic employees in
Framingham, Mass refused to learn English, although they had been advised to do so by SA more than a year
ago. As a result, the employees were fired, as well they should have been.
New government guidance says there is no point in teaching the "i before e except after c" rule. Experts
say there aren't enough words in the English language which use the rule — so teaching it to pupils
government spells end of 'i before e' rule. It's a spelling mantra that generations of
schoolchildren have learned — "i before e, except after c." But new British government guidance tells
teachers not to pass on the rule to students, because there are too many exceptions.
Kids Should Learn Spanish. Obama has consistently opposed making English the official language.
As an Illinois senator, Obama voted against a measure to make English the official language of the United States
in June 2007. He was one of 34 senators who voted against the measure.
Lost In Translation.
No matter how humiliating Obama finds our monolingual ways, there's good reason why Americans don't have to
speak foreign languages while others must speak English: The U.S. has unprecedented influence in
international affairs, an indispensable role in global markets and economic superiority. Simply put,
we are the world's dominant nation.
What's Spanish For Hypocrite?
[Obama says] Americans must learn Spanish! Here's the thing, though: Barack Obama, who holds several
impressive first-tier degrees, "doesn't speak Spanish."
English language legislation
gathers steam across the USA. English as an official language has gained momentum as proponents
keep going to the ballot box with measures that discourage bilingual ballots, notices and documents.
Thirty states now have laws specifying that official government communications be in English, says U.S. English,
a group that promotes the laws. This year such bills are under consideration in 19 legislatures.
Rookie congressman pushes English as
official language. A conservative congressman from Georgia says making English the official
language of the United States government will help unify the country and save taxpayers money. Rookie
Congressman Paul Broun (R-Georgia) has introduced the "English the Official Language Act of 2008," which states
that "no person has a right" to receive federal documents or services in languages other than English.
Parents protest test in
English. Angry Chicago Latino parents threatened Tuesday [2/12/2008] to keep their kids home on
test day next month if state education officials insist on giving students who are still learning English an
achievement test in English. Facing threats of federal sanctions, state officials were ordered last
October to give the same state tests native English speakers take to some 60,000 Illinois public school kids
who haven't yet mastered English.
English-only bill moves ahead in S.C.
immigration debate. The S.C. Senate jumped on immigration legislation Thursday when
a subcommittee approved a bill to make English the state's official language. Legislators'
positions were drawn along party lines during the debate with Republicans taking hard lines against
illegal immigration and the lone Democrat present urging caution.
Some bosses don't want to hear Spanish.
When the captain heard three crew members on his container ship chatting in Spanish during breaks, he became
enraged. He then brandished a knife to enforce his standing orders: Speak only English on board.
The incident, settled for $31,000 after a discrimination suit was filed in a Houston federal court, is an extreme
example of cases fueling a growing debate over English-only policies in the workplace, experts say.
They're Cleaning Up — in
English. Down in Gatorland, there's a gent named George Koleszarik who might become to the
residential cleaning business what [Joey] Vento is to the cheesesteak industry.
In the spring,
Koleszarik partnered [sic] with a Filipina woman named Cecille Drake to open Cecille's Residential Services.
They offer a full complement of housekeeping and house-sitting services. No problem there. But
three words on their Web site, brochures and business cards have caused a bit of a dust-up in and around
Naples: "We Speak English."
Partner is not a verb! If we are going to mandate the use of English, let us also
require its correct use.
The Cliché Community:
But let's turn the page! Paul[ McCartney]'s right that the times are ever-changing, but I wish they'd change a little more
quickly, so we could get a new set of insta-clichés and cant phrases for everybody to start using all at once —
or better, so we could all return to using the perfectly fine words we were using before we popped these new verbal pacifiers
into our mouths.
aims to protect English on the job. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
would be blocked from filing lawsuits against businesses that require workers to speak English
on the job as part of legislation introduced recently in the Senate. "In America,
requiring English in the workplace is not discrimination, it's common sense," said Sen. Lamar
Alexander, Tennessee Republican and sponsor of the Protecting English in the Workplace Act of
Gingrich Decries Bilingual
Education. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich equated bilingual education Saturday with "the
language of living in a ghetto" and mocked requirements that ballots be printed in multiple languages.
Newt, bilingual ed and the PC police:
Last week my former boss, Newt Gingrich, … argued that bilingual education only encourages students to be linguistically
"living in a ghetto: "The government should quit mandating that various documents be printed in any one of 700
languages depending on who randomly show up to vote … The American people believe English should be the official language
of the government … Citizenship requires passing a test on American history in English. If that's true, then we do
not have to create ballots in any language except English."
Press '1' For English.
He might have put it better, but Newt Gingrich was right in stressing the importance of a common language for
our democracy and the advancement of our citizens. It's especially true for those new to our shores.
In an action that can only be construed as pandering to Hispanics, Sen. John McCain unveiled a Spanish version
of his campaign Web site -- and he did it on Cinco de Mayo day (May 5), the Mexican holiday. Such
obvious attempts by politicians to ingratiate with non-English-speaking ethnic groups have made many Americans
wonder why such pandering is necessary since a person needs to be a U.S. citizen before he can vote
The Vast Majority of Americans Support Official
English. 85% of Americans, including 92% of Republicans, 79% of Democrats, and 86% of those not
affiliated with either party, favor making English the official language of the United States of America.
Support grows to make English
official. The push to make English the nation's official language is building momentum, with a
congressional bill on the horizon and seven states pushing legislation to make English the official language
or to strengthen laws already in place. "There's been such strong support," said Rep. Steve King, Iowa
Republican. "And it's gaining momentum." Mr. King is expected next month to reintroduce the
English Language Unity Act, which seeks to make English the nation's official language.
Landslide Victory for Official English in
Arizona. By a stunning 3-1 landslide vote, 74-26 percent, Arizona's voters overwhelmingly
passed an amendment to their state constitution declaring English the state's official language and
making Arizona the 28th state with English as its official language.
Language Laws and Demographic Data.
Fight over English-only bill rages in
Nashville. The "Friendliest City in America" finds itself in a nasty fight and the national
glare because of a language issue tied to illegal immigration. A recent City Council bill requiring
Nashville to conduct business solely in English was quickly trumped by the mayor's veto.
Alabama citizens ask court to enforce state
official English law. Five Alabama citizens and members of ProEnglish, an Arlington, Va.-based
national organization that advocates for official English, asked a state court today to order state officials
to reinstate Alabama's policy of giving driver's license exams exclusively in the State's official language,
English. … In 1990 the people of Alabama voted by an overwhelming 9 to 1 margin to amend
their state constitution and make English their official language.
to pursue happiness? Learn English. Mastering the language of a country opens doors of
opportunity, plain and simple. In the United States, English is by no means our only language, but it is
the language of economic success and upward mobility. More important, it is the language of our national
unity and political discourse.
Nashville adopts 'English
First' policy. Nashville's city council has voted to adopt English as its official language,
following similar moves by several smaller cities around the country. After months of debate, the city's
Metro Council voted 23-14 on Tuesday [2/6/2007] to approve the measure requiring all government communications
to be in English, except when multilingual communications are required by federal rules or are needed "to
protect or promote public health, safety or welfare."
Gingrich pushes for English as official
language. American civilization eventually will collapse if government doesn't do a better job
assimilating immigrants into society, possible GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Wednesday as he
urged Congress to enshrine English as the nation's official language.
Tancredo irked about Dems' Spanish-language preview
speech. Republican Rep. Tom Tancredo … scoffed Thursday [1/18/2007] when told that Sen.
Ken Salazar of Colorado would make a Spanish-language version of the Democrats' annual State of the
Union preview speech. "I must admit to you, the first thing that comes to mind is this is the
kind of thing that would happen in a bilingual country — for instance, Canada," Tancredo said in
an interview. "I've been saying for a long time, we're fast approaching that status: a
bilingual country. I don't think that's a good idea. I think it's something that
brings us apart, not together."
Texas Town OKs Anti-Immigration
Measures. Leaders of this Dallas suburb unanimously approved tough new anti-immigration measures
Monday evening [11/13/2006], including one that makes English the official language.
More information about
the situation in Farmers Branch, TX.
says Bush opposes English as national language. President George W. Bush has long opposed
making English the country's national language, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on
Friday [5/19/2006], the day after the Senate voted to do so.
This is called "playing on both sides of the fence".
General in 'linguistic snare' over English. President George W. Bush has long opposed
making English the country's national language, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said on
Friday [5/19/2006], a day after the Senate voted to do so, but the White House said later
Gonzales had got caught in a "linguistic snare."
[The Attorney General isn't much of an attorney if he can be caught in a "linguistic snare" of his
declares English 'national language'. English would be recognized as the national language of the
United States under an amendment the Senate attached to an immigration reform bill Thursday [5/19/2006].
Forty-Two Percent of Californians Don't Speak English at Home
Will English Survive Immigrant
Flood? The Census Bureau's data confirmed that the U.S. continues to be inundated
by a flood of immigrants both legal and illegal (a distinction the bureau does not even make).
Approves English as 'National' Language. An amendment to the Senate immigration bill would make
English the "national language of the United States." The Senate voted 63-34 to adopt the amendment,
which was offered by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.).
Villaraigosa Opposes English as National
Language. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has come out against the idea of making English
the official national language of the U.S. The proposal has been attached as an amendment to the federal
immigration bill. Villagrigosa says if the measure is strictly enforced, it could result in creating
communications problems between people who provide emergency services and those receiving them.
Truckers in trouble if they can't
speak English. Interstate truck and bus drivers across America may find themselves pulled off
the highway if state troopers or vehicle inspectors find they can't speak English. The requirement has
been on the books for decades, but enforcement has begun before Mexican trucks are allowed in the U.S.
interior as of Sept. 6.
doctors who can't speak English. European doctors who speak poor English should be banned from
practising in Britain, a coroner said yesterday [12/21/2006]. Dr Paul Knapman called for new laws after
an inquest heard that a man died as his French private doctor struggled to make himself understood in a
10-minute call to the ambulance service.
Diverse Opinion About Diversity. For a couple of hundred years, foreigners have been flocking to
the shores of this most welcoming of nations. They would bring along their art and music along with
their cuisine, but they adapted their ways in order that their children and their children's children would
acclimate and be full-fledged Americans. There was a reason, after all, that America was nicknamed the
Great Melting Pot. But somewhere along the way, there was a sea change. Now we have that oddest
of strange creatures known as the dual citizen and we have millions of people living here who apparently have no
particular loyalty to this country and are being encouraged to retain their own language and their old ways.
here. Question: Why would the U.S. Department of Education insist that a kid who has little
or no English take his year-end tests in English? There are some 4,000 such students here in Arkansas
alone. Everybody knows they're going to flunk the test. Why make them take it? Answer:
So we'll know who these kids are, where they are, and just how far behind in English they are. That way,
we can concentrate on helping them pass the test in the future. Why bother? Because it's important
that these youngsters become fluent in the language of their adopted country.
communicate. An Arizona sheriff known for his tough jail policies is offering basic English
classes to inmates who don't speak the language. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the language
barrier has caused problems for his jail officers and even prompted complaints from English-speaking prisoners.
Bush on English Assimilation:
Hipocrasia. From ballot boxes to hospitals, workplaces, and even the Internet, President Bush's
words and deeds are perpendicular to each other. The Bush Administration aggressively promotes
multilingual voting. … President Bush reaffirmed President Clinton's executive order that medical centers
that accept federal money must provide free translators to foreign-language speakers. … Bush's hypocrisy is
most vivid on his own website, WhiteHouse.gov. Click the Español button and read what he did
today … in Spanish.
Senate wants to make English
official. The Senate on Thursday [5/18/2006] voted to make English the national language of the
United States, a historic move that arose out of its debate of comprehensive immigration reform. The
lopsided 63-34 vote came after an impassioned debate in which the word "racist" was used on the Senate
floor to describe the effort.
this quiz — English only. People wanting to become Australian citizens will have to
pass an English test and another 45-minute quiz of up to 30 questions testing knowledge on everything from
the judiciary to indigenous people.
English: This is not a column about affirmative action. It is a column about … the
moral and intellectual bankruptcy of leftist elites like Senate minority leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who
last week denounced as "racist" a bill declaring English the national language of the United States.
"This amendment is racist," Reid said. "I think it's directed basically to people who speak
Spanish." Racist! As if Americans who speak Spanish aren't as capable of learning
English as any other linguistic minority.
For English, please press
'1'. Two politicians in Maryland are now in trouble for stating the obvious: People who
work in customer service should speak English. And out-of-control multiculturalism is to blame for the
failure to preserve America's common language. The professional victims are up in arms as
usual — demanding apologies, whining to the press and clamoring for government subsidies to nurse
their hurt feelings.
Why Official English? A
century ago such immigrant ghettos were marked by extreme poverty, 80-hour workweeks and child labor.
As the industrial revolution matured, immigrants discovered that language skills were the key to entering
the emerging "middle class." This, coupled with mandatory public education and reduced immigration,
resulted in the successful assimilation of ethnic communities into American society.
The Destructive Tolerance of Babel:
English is excellently suited for the role of connecting people. This is true within countries (USA,
India) and globally too, because rudimentary English is, regardless of its odd spelling rules, easy to
learn. This, and not the global political-economic-science dominance of the Anglo-Saxons alone explains
the language's success. Every kid in the country with four languages where I reside loves to learn
English — and hates compulsory German and French.
the law in two languages. The killing exemplified a growing problem as Baltimore's Latino
community swells, with an increasing number of perpetrators, victims and witnesses to crimes who speak
Spanish and little else. And the city's criminal justice system has been struggling to cope.
Companies scramble to cope with
multiple languages in the workplace. As companies hire from an ever more diverse labor pool, they
reap the benefits of bilingualism, but they're also running into a Babel of problems. Already, a fifth of
the nation's population speaks something other than English as their primary language (in some areas, it's
two-fifths). Many of them have limited English proficiency that can lead to costly mistakes or low
productivity. Managers worry about compromised safety or the quality of customer service. And if
some workers use a foreign language to mock others, morale can break down.
English Language Unity Act
co-sponsor list climbs past 125 members. Official English measures have long been popular with
the public and those elected to serve in Congress. For nearly a generation, polls have found support for
making English the official language among four-fifths of the population, including a 2005 Zogby poll which
pegged the rate at 79 percent.
here. Para espanol, oprima el dos. … Even though I speak and love Spanish, I
find myself increasingly annoyed by this unsubtle notice that the U.S. is gradually becoming a bilingual
nation. And therein lies the source of much aggravation American citizens feel as Congress weighs
in on illegal immigration.
An Out-of-Control Taxpayer-Financed Agency. You need not be an American citizen to use a federal
agency to file a lawsuit on your behalf. In what other country is there an agency that would help you sue
yet another government agency or a private company if you weren't a citizen? And provide you with an
interpreter to do so? Not one that I can think of. This case would be entirely moot if we had an
"English First" rule in our schools and required everyone to learn English for employment. I have given
up on the idea that such common sense will again prevail in our society.
Dear Circuit City:
After visiting one of your stores recently — the one on Market Street in Wilmington, North
Carolina — I'm afraid I will have to add you to my list of businesses I'm boycotting in 2006. The
boycott stems from your misguided decision to provide customers with a better selection of "Musica
Latina" than Country music CDs. In America, this is simply unacceptable.
For Immigrants, the Future Becomes Clearer when the
Focus is on English. While some in Congress are promoting amnesty to bring more immigrants into
seasonal farm jobs, the Kemtah Group in Las Cruces, N.M. is helping first-generation Americans achieve their
true potential. This week, the organization graduated twelve adult immigrants from its 10-week English
immersion course, giving foreign-born workers the opportunity to participate fully in American society.
English" sign ruling appealed. A tavern owner is asking a state agency to reconsider
a controversial ruling that declared as discriminatory a sign that says, "For Service Speak
English." … If the ruling stands, tavern owner Tom Ullum could be ordered to remove the sign,
undergo diversity training and pay for anti-discrimination advertising.
When bilingual means
doublespeak: When English-immersion activist Ron Unz put Proposition 227 on the ballot in
1998, most Democrats opposed the measure, and many educators did, too. They had their reasons. They
feared non-English speakers would not learn subject matter. They believed English immersion would be
especially harmful to older students. But a funny thing happened. Proposition 227
worked. Within five years, the number of limited-English students who could speak English proficiently
Others Want English as Official Language: U.S. Rep. Richard Burr (R-NC), who
is running for the Senate seat being vacated by John Edwards, is a co-sponsor of a bill
that does not propose amending the Constitution. Instead it would codify into
federal law that all federal publications — including tax forms — must be
in English only. It also would recognize English as the sole official language
of the United States.
Students kicked off school bus in St. Paul
for speaking English. Imagine sending your kids off to school, but when they get to the bus they
are told they can't get on because they speak English. That's right, English. It happened to a few
children in St. Paul and now the school district is apologizing. … [The kids] were told by the bus
driver the route is for non-English speaking students only.
CBS4 Investigates 'English Speaking' Sign
Flap. Arapahoe County is threatening to fire a veteran Public Works employee for promoting the
fact that he is an English speaking American.
Crane Operator Sues California,
Demanding Safety Test in Spanish. The worker failed an English exam last month even after working
more than 24 years in the U.S.
Opinion — Press '1' for English. It is this reporter's opinion that to be eligible for
naturalization, an applicant must be required to read, write and speak basic English. This requirement has
more or less fallen by the wayside, yet every poll I have seen reveals that between 80 percent and 90 percent of
those polled vote for that requirement.
Headline writers have it easy these days.
English, Press "1". I thought I heard it all, but the other day, when making a call to the Social
Security Administration, I heard the usual prompt about pressing one for English. However, to my
amazement, the recording at the other end of the phone line began spouting out a healthy flow of uninterrupted
Spanish. … Here I was, an English-speaking American citizen, who was being forced to do something
extra, in order to receive a message from my own government in English.
English Is the
Common Bond. When one travels throughout the southwestern U.S., you often feel
as though you're in a foreign land. Here in Los Angeles more than half of our working age
population cannot read a simple bus schedule and cannot fill out a job application. A truly
shocking statistic shows that in the LA region, 53 percent of workers aged 16 and older are
deemed to be functionally illiterate.
Finds 11 Million U.S. Adults Lack Simple English Skills. English literacy levels
for Spanish speakers have decreased over last 10 years.
Legislature Tells Congress, "Pass Official English". The English Language Unity
Act would require the United States government to conduct official business in
English. Specifically, H.R. 997 would make it so that "all laws, public proceedings,
regulations, publications, orders, actions, programs and policies" are conducted in the
English language. Numerous common sense exceptions are included in the legislation to
protect the well-being of all Americans, including public safety, national security, and
commerce. More than half of the U.S. states have adopted English as their official
language, including New Hampshire in 1995.
Non-English Speakers Want Their
Say in Court. Maria Falcon believes she lost title to a Los Angeles house in a recent court
dispute for one simple reason: She cannot speak English. "I felt frustrated because I didn't have
any assistance," said Falcon, 52, who speaks Spanish. Falcon said an English-speaking friend accompanied
her to court but wasn't allowed to translate because she wasn't a court-certified interpreter.
[Would you expect to win in a Mexico City courtroom if you spoke no Spanish?]
Not Guilty By Reason of Limited
English Proficiency: In a terrifying blow to the future of law enforcement and criminal
proceedings, Pennsylvania prosecutors were forced to drop drug charges against a man after a Pennsylvania
Superior Court declared a search void due to the accused's inability to understand English.
Judge Orders Parents to Learn
English. A Tennessee judge is under fire from some civil libertarians, and now a higher court
must decide whether a parental language requirement is an issue of civil rights or child welfare.
Many Languages, One
America. Over the history of the United States, many languages have risen to
the rank of "most important foreign language to know." A century ago, this title was
bestowed on German. In subsequent years, the spotlight moved to French, then Japanese,
and today is cast on Spanish. Tomorrow, Arabic or Chinese might take center stage. What
can be said for sure is that the United States has never been a land of just two languages. We
have revolved around one central language — English — with many more languages
making up the distinctly American accent. The amount of linguistic diversity varies between
states, and even within states. Speakers of non-English languages, 321 at last count, are not
evenly distributed within the United States, leaving each state, county, and metropolitan area
with its own unique linguistic composition.
Group Complains About "English-Only"
Meeting — in Massachusetts! Members of a Latino group are furious at a state
representative who they claim demanded that a planned meeting be English-only, a published report said Monday
[2/7/2005]. Spanish speakers from the group Neighbor to Neighbor complained that Rep. John Binienda's
request is a slap in the face to his Latino constituents, who make up one-tenth of his district.
Colorado Kills Plan To Make English
Official Language. A Colorado House committee has killed a ballot proposal that would
make English the official state language. … The committee killed the referred measure on a 6-to-5 vote
after opponents said they didn't need to learn English to be an American.
Bilingual Education Disaster in New York
City: A recent report on English Language Learners found that [only] 3.7 percent of [New
York] City's 134,000 students in bilingual education programs were able to transition into mainstream
classes. Some of these students had been in bilingual education as long as 10 years.
Companies scramble to cope with
multiple languages in the workplace. As companies hire from an ever more diverse labor pool, they
reap the benefits of bilingualism, but they're also running into a Babel of problems. Already, a fifth of
the nation's population speaks something other than English as their primary language (in some areas, it's
two-fifths). Many of them have limited English proficiency that can lead to costly mistakes or low
productivity. Managers worry about compromised safety or the quality of customer service. And if
some workers use a foreign language to mock others, morale can break down.
What "Diversity" Really
Means: the Open Borders Lobby told us this wouldn't happen. They said all the immigrants from
Third World countries would assimilate, learn English, become computer geniuses, start software companies, and
work harder and be more moral than decadent old white Americans, and there wouldn't be any racial, ethnic or
social conflict as mass immigration started bumping into the native population.
Foreign Language Ballots Are A Bad
Idea. Printing ballots in foreign languages is fundamentally antidemocratic, because fair
elections depend on public debate on the issues and candidates. People who don't understand the public
debate are subject to manipulation by political-action groups that can mislead them in language translations
and then tell them how to vote.
Time to Terminate Foreign-Language
Ballots. Led by U.S. Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y. and Steve King, R-Iowa, 56 members of the
House of Representatives are urging House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., to
oppose the renewal of the section of the Voting Rights Act that mandates foreign-language ballots.
Students say English-only test is
unfair. Many of the protesting students call the test unfair because it is given in English.
Roughly 88 percent of the student body are English-as-a-second-language students.
Are we creating an American
Quebec? Why Congress should pass the English Language Unity Act of 2003.
Ballots Are "Loco", Say Conservatives: America's recent influx of
immigrants who speak "limited" English will cost taxpayers millions of dollars to
produce bilingual ballots for upcoming elections, says a taxpayer watchdog group.
disunited states: As more information from the 2000 Census is released,
it's increasingly clear that this is not our parents' country. Ethically, it stopped
being their country in the 1960s. Ethnically, it now resembles not a united nation,
but a United Nations, with divisions along class, racial, religious, language and
ideological lines. Our national motto, E pluribus unum ("out of
many, one,") no longer applies.
Discriminating Against American
Culture: On Aug. 11, 2000, President Clinton signed Executive Order 13166, which requires federal
agencies and any other entities that receive federal funds to make their programs and activities "accessible"
to non-English speaking persons. The order provides that entities that do not comply are guilty of
discriminating on the basis of national origin in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Are you
outraged yet? You probably assume that President Bush will just revoke this ill-conceived fiat and be
done with it. But no. The order remains in full force and effect.
Government Worker in U.S. Fired for
Speaking English: An employee of Miami-Dade County, harassed by Latino co-workers for being a
white American, says she was fired for speaking English on the job.
The Importance Of The English
Language: The Supreme Court's decision in the seatbelt/handcuff case grabbed the headlines, but
the ruling the same day about Alabama's English-only law was every bit as important. The high Court
barred a private right of action to challenge this first-to-reach-the-Court of the 25 state laws designating
English as the state's official language.
Assimilation, Not Amnesty:
Treat Hispanics like Americans. Thanks to federal and state language policies, families with
Spanish names are treated as though they were illiterate in the English language. They receive letters
from schools and government agencies in their "native" Spanish — even if their family has been in
America for generations.
Keep the US English speaking:
Whether we like it or not, the universal language of discourse in America is and should be English. I
speak from experience. My parents were immigrants and my wife is an immigrant from Argentina. I
speak six languages and have spent 15 of the past 20 years living and working abroad. Bilingual
education is bad policy for the United States and for its immigrants and should be discarded, once and for all,
as a failed and misguided idea.
Multilingual Ballots a New "Civil
Right"? Thanks to Bill Clinton, every polling place in the United States may soon be required to
provide ballots in foreign languages for those who don't speak English. Further, Capitol Hill is
considering legislation that would enable leftists to enforce that requirement.
Debate Over Bilingual Education
Rages: From Massachusetts to Colorado, and even in the Golden State, the debate over whether
public school students ought to be taught in English or their native tongues is raging as hot as ever.
India: Demographically, the United States has always been diverse, having received immigrants
from all over the world. However, until recent times, it was understood by all that they came here to
become Americans -- not to remain foreign. By the second generation, most were speaking English, and by
the third generation they were speaking only English.
Muslim mums told
to speak English at home. Muslim mothers who do not speak English at home are stunting their
children's literacy levels, one of the Government's most influential education advisers said last night
[1/13/2007]. Sir Cyril Taylor, the chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, said that
the failure of parents to speak English at home was a key reason why some schools were at the bottom of
'a foreign language in London's schools'. English is a foreign language in half the primary schools
in central London, new statistics show. Those who speak English as their first language are the minority
in inner city areas of the capital. Nationally, one in five primary pupils are now from an ethnic
minority, which means that non-English speakers are in the majority in many schools.
ACLU Fails to Stop English-Only Law.
"English-only" group launches new
push: Wants Congress to pass bill adopting official language.
The ABC's of English Immersion: A Teachers' Guide
Three Cheers for Joe Vento!
Councilman asks Geno's to lose 'Speak English'
sign. At a City Council meeting Thursday [6/8/2006], Councilman Jim Kenney asked Geno's Steaks
to take down its sign that
says, "THIS IS AMERICA: WHEN ORDERING SPEAK
ENGLISH." That's just the latest example of how an English-only ordering policy has thrust
one of Philadelphia's most famous cheesesteak joints into the national immigration debate.
agency: Cheesesteak shop's English-only policy discriminates. An English-only
ordering policy at one of Philadelphia's most famous cheesesteak joints has prompted a city agency to pursue
a discrimination complaint, but the owner said Monday [6/12/2006] he would not back down.
Geno's hit with bias complaints. The
Commission on Human Relations said it would insist on removal of a "Speak English" sign at the cheesesteak
shop. … Owner Joey Vento has become a mini-celebrity over the issue and has steadfastly refused to
pull down the signs despite the growing legal brouhaha.
A hero at
Geno's. Joey Vento, a feisty and proud Italian guy from Philadelphia, has become an American
hero. … Joey likes to say, "If they turned the lights out at Geno's, Philadelphia would go
dark." Turning the lights out at Geno's is a circumstance that some people at City Hall
seem to think is a proper punishment for something that Joey has done. The only trouble
is that most Americans think the guy deserves a ticker tape parade for what he's done.
group supports censure of Geno's. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, silent until
yesterday [6/16/2006] on the "Speak English" signs at Geno's Steaks, says it backs its Philadelphia
counterpart's decision to file a complaint against the cheesesteak shop. … On Monday, the independent
city Human Relations Commission filed a complaint that Vento's signs violate the city's Fair Practices Act,
which prohibits public accommodations from discriminating on the basis of national origin or race.
cheesesteak flap: Have a chizu no yaki-niku 'wit'. Not only did the people at Geno's have an attitude that
clashed with what government authorities deemed to be correct, they engaged in a conspiracy to commit free speech to reflect
that seditious attitude. It does not matter that President Bush has the same attitude. (He said
last week that all those who seek America's blessings have a duty to learn the common language.)
world weighs in on Geno's 'Speak English' sign. The small, laminated placards, tucked
unobtrusively near the takeout window, have ignited a nationwide firestorm of debate about English,
immigration and free speech. And, neighborhood gossip has it, they have done a better job at
attracting customers than the store's Las Vegas-style neon lights ever did.
plain English, Rick backs Vento. Injecting himself in the middle of a South Philly controversy
as burning-hot as a stainless-steel grill, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum made an unscheduled stop at Geno's Steaks
last night [6/19/2006] to wolf down a cheesesteak and stand behind its owner. He voiced support — albeit
in an odd, indirect way — for owner Joe Vento's much debated "Speak English" sign.
Joe Vento, Loud and
Clear. [Joe Vento] speaks for many of us when he says that he's sick and tired of porous
borders and individuals who aren't playing by the rules in their pursuit of the American Dream —
and that he's grown fatigued of politicians paying only lip service to the problem. Now, there are other
Joe Ventos, solving problems in their communities that Washington can't, or won't, handle.
language at Geno's. The collapse of President Bush's recent immigration reform
was partly fuelled by fears that the English language was under threat from Spanish. But
as one food stall owner in Philadelphia illustrates, English has some unlikely champions.
Rudy Visits Controversial
Cheesesteak Shop. Monday night [10/1/2007] Rudy Giuliani visited a famous Philadelphia
cheesesteak restaurant that serves as much controversy as it does calories. Geno's Steaks has been a
famous Philly hot-spot for years. It was thrown into the headlines last year when the owner posted a
sign at the counter that reads, "This is America. When Ordering Please Speak English."
Shop Owner Backs English-Only Policy. A small sign that asked customers to order in English at
a famous cheesesteak shop was never meant to be offensive, the shop's owner testified Friday at a hearing to
decide whether the policy was discriminatory. Joe Vento, the owner of Geno's Steaks, defended his policy
before the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, which filed the discrimination complaint.
"Speak English" sign at cheesesteak shop not discriminatory. A city agency yesterday [3/19/2008]
dismissed a discrimination complaint against Geno's Steaks for its speak-English sign, halting a case that
thrust shop owner Joey Vento into the national spotlight of the contentious immigration debate. A split
three-member panel of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations ruled that a sign in the South Philadelphia
cheesesteak shop did not convey a message that service would be refused to non-English speakers.
Photo by Peter Tobia, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Photographer.
'Please Speak English' sign to remain at
Geno's. [Joey] Vento had placed the sign in his famous Geno's Philly Cheese Steaks store in October
2005, and no complaints had been filed until the chairman of the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission filed
one in June 2006.
Twister. It was the small sign that stirred up a legal tornado. Last week, Joey Vento, owner of a
popular Philadelphia cheesesteak restaurant, finally won the right to keep his sign: "This is America: When
Ordering, Please Speak English." It took him two years, much abuse and hundreds of hours of work by paid and
volunteer lawyers, but a local regulatory body finally ruled his sign wasn't discriminatory or offensive.
One last update:
Vento Dies At 71. South Philly legend Joey Vento, who rose from humble beginnings to
open Geno's Steaks at 9th and Passyunk in 1966 and became a focus of national attention in recent
years for his views on immigrants, died yesterday [8/23/2011] of a massive heart attack.
Vento: An Assimilation Warrior. Blunt. Brash. Bold. Politically incorrect.
Unapologetically patriotic. Philadelphia cheesesteak king Joey Vento was all that and a side of freedom
fries. The 71-year-old owner of Geno's Steaks died of a heart attack this week, but he reignited a
national debate over radical multiculturalism that will burn for years to come.
"Official English" links:
on Executive Order 13166: Clinton
declared U.S. officially multilingual by Executive Order. It
requires homeless shelters and other nonprofit groups to pay for translators
if they want to receive certain government aid.
First is a national,
non-profit grassroots lobbying organization founded in 1986. Our
goals are simple:
U.S. English: Towards
a United America.
- Make English America's official language.
- Give every child the chance to learn English.
- Eliminate costly and ineffective multilingual policies.
ProEnglish: Dedicated to
protecting our nation's unity in the English language.
ProEnglish: The English Language Advocates.
Dedicated to protecting our nation's unity in the English language.
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