“The Government of the United States shall preserve and enhance the role of English as the national language of the United States of America. Unless specifically stated in applicable law, no person has a right, entitlement, or claim to have the Government of the United States or any of its officials or representatives act, communicate, perform or provide services, or provide materials in any language other than English.” – Excerpt of U.S. Senate Amendment 4064
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed Amendment 4064 that declares English the national language. Supporters of the law argue that immigrant groups that speak little or no English threaten the fabric of our society. Additionally, they suggest that the costs associated with providing translations in courts, hospitals and government offices are an unreasonable burden on taxpayers, and serve to discourage cultural assimilation and the learning of English.
Opponents insist that the cost associated with not providing these services are even greater. These detractors suggest that the English-only movement not only devalues other languages and cultures, but panders to racism and xenophobia for support as well.
Join us at Café Society this week to tell us whether you support making English the national language.
- The Nation We Are Becoming, Part II
- English Spoken Here?
- A Brief History of Language Restrictionism in the United States
- Freedom of Speech in English Only?
For more informaiton, please contact Kristin Millikan at 312.422.5580.