Americans Must Share a Common Language, English Essay

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Americans Must Share a Common Language, English

The United States of America has no history; it is a new state. Though it does have a few indigenous inhabitants, the overwhelming majority of its inhabitants are immigrants. There is no history of a common culture or a common language developed over hundreds or thousands of years in the United States; however, the various backgrounds of the United States have combined to form a new American culture. Immigration continues, and with this immigration a conflict occurs between the common language of the United States and the languages of the new immigrants. In order to form a more perfect union is it is necessary that all residents of the United States of America, both citizens and
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Recent surveys have shown that a majority of parents of limited-English children think that it is more important for their children to learn English and have other subjects taught in English than for their children to receive instruction in their native tongue.[4] A law suit filed in Brooklyn in September of 1995 by one hundred and fifty parents claimed that their students had failed to receive adequate instruction in English, "the crucial skill that leads to equal opportunity in schooling, jobs, and public life in the United States."[5] Alice Callaghan, an operator of a day-care centre for poor families in Los Angeles, notes that the families she works with "work in the garment district sweatshops, they sell tamales on the street, [and] they clean offices downtown," and they worry this is the only future for their children if they do not learn English.

There a number of residents of the United States who fear that the limited-English immigrant population of the United States poses a security threat to the United States. They often point to Canada's trouble with the province of Quebec. Quebec was originally a French colony; however, the British settled most of the rest of Canada. Today, the population of Quebec is predominantly French speaking while the rest of the Canada is predominantly English speaking. Many of the French-speaking Quebecois have grown fearful that the predominantly English-speaking Canadian federal government will destroy their…