Essay on Should English Be the Official Language of the United States

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Should English be the Official Language of the United States
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April 30, 2012

Should English be the Official Language of the United States The debate on whether the United States should make English the official language has been raging within the borders of the country for decades. Several bills have been presented to Congress over the years, but have stagnated due to the opposition on either side. Though there would certainly be drawbacks to introducing English as the official language of the United States, there would also be immeasurable benefit. Not only would an official language streamline government processes and reduce government spending, it would also aid the United States by unifying its’ people.
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English, 1995). The federal government also spends millions of dollars funding the Immigration and Naturalization Services’ which is currently required to translate the citizenship test into multiple languages. In all, U.S. taxpayers shell out $13 billion a year funding a multi-lingual government (U.S. English, 1995).
The laws currently in the books are even being used to squeeze more money out of the government and businesses. Executive Order 13166, which was signed by President Clinton and later enforced by President Bush, requires all federal agencies and recipients of federal funds to provide translation services for non-English speakers. This requirement is at the American tax payer’s expense. An Iranian immigrant in Oklahoma recently used the Executive Order as grounds for complaint asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to investigate the state because it failed to give the driver’s license exam in Farsi (McAlpin, 2008). The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the argument citing an individual may not sue for foreign-language services by charging discrimination under the “nation origin” category of the Civil Rights Act.
Even the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Health and Human Services (HHS) are rallying support for those citizens who do not currently speak English well or at all. The EEOC is fighting