Official Language

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The United States is known as a “melting pot” because there is such a diverse population in today’s world. The question whether or not the United states should have an official language has been around for decades. The English Only association says, “The U.S. Congress and individual states should adopt legislation making English the official language of the government so that government business must be conducted in English, with common-sense exceptions for services related to health and safety” (Mujica 47). Immigrants and non-English speakers majorly disagree with the association, because the group does not understand the way their language makes them who they are. The president of the Chief Dull Knife College on the Montana Reservation argues …show more content…
The English Only Act members do not want to be a multilingual country because the government is required to print election ballots, driving tests, and hire translators for those unable to comprehend the English language, which amounts to billions of dollars each year. Non-English speakers do not understand why the “All American” people would want to make English the official language when most of our states names come from other cultures. The non-English speaking citizens fire back at the association that there is a lack of classes available for them to take, but if they happen to find one the price is so outrageous, they cannot afford it and provide for their families at the same time. The group responded with the fact that there is government funding to help pay for classes. The non-English and English speakers agree that in some way they are threatened by the opposing culture. They feel as if the other will be overrun by the more powering group. Although Americans fear that these non-speakers are trying to take their jobs, land, and mainly their money. Non-English speakers feel as if they are not allowed to show pride in their heritage if they are not allowed to express themselves in

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