Essay On The Pros And Cons Of English As The Official Language
The United States Government, in order to lessen the communication barrier, issued Executive Order 13166, requiring “Federal agencies to examine the services they provide, identify any need for services to those with limited English proficiency (LEP), and develop and implement a system to provide those services so LEP persons can have meaningful access to them.” (Justice, 2000) This executive order only serves as a temporary fix towards helping non-nationals communicate with the Federal government.
Government agencies such as the US Census, who collects data on limited …show more content…
If English were to become the official language, this particular order would be considered a starting point for the government to assess all avenues that would need to be taken into consideration for the implementation of English only literature and speech recognition.
According to the Migration Information Source, “In 2011, there were 25.3 million Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals residing in the United States, or roughly 9 percent of the nation's population ages 5 and older. Although most LEP individuals were foreign born, nearly one-fifth of this population was native born, about three-quarters of whom were children ages 5 to 17.” (Batalova, 2013)
Foreign-born individuals will face a major cultural impact if the official changing the language to English happens. It take some time to affect the entirety of the United States, but the majority of the success of that change will come from the border states: California, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and