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A Bill To Make English The Official Language Of The United States

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Started: 4/28/2016 Category: Economics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Brooklynn_16

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I strongly disagree with this bill for the following three reasons. One, it goes against what America stands for. Two, it is predicted that in 2050 the U.S will be the largest spanish speaking country. And three, it would force immigrants to learn a new language and cost them money they don"t have. With my first reason, it is completely true. If we make english the official language of the United states it goes against why we became the country we are. America is a country for the free and that includes the freedom of speech but this also goes to how you say what you want. America was founded on immigrants and people who wanted a better life and who wanted the right to do as they wish. If you make english the official language then that is forcing others to speak a certain way that they don"t know and this is against what America is for. Secondly, it is predicted that in 2050 the U.S will be the largest spanish speaking country so this bill will only die later on. "By 2050, 10 percent of the world population will speak Spanish and the United States will be the biggest Spanish-speaking country, the general secretary of the Association of Spanish Language Academies said Monday." ("New America Media., Feb.-Mar. 2011.) And lastly, it will force immigrants to learn a new language and cost them money they don"t have. This bill will hurt what America is all about as immigrants come to America to be free and have a chance at a good life but if this bill is passed then they will be hurt with money. This would force them to learn a whole new language or they would have to get a translator and it would cost them $30-40 hourly. If they were to pay for classes it would be for a,"Full time general english - 15 hours number of weeks 13-24. Price per week "175, as cited by ihaberdeen.com. This would be roughly around $190 U.S money. Money they don"t have and this will put them in poverty and put the whole economy down as well as make it hard for them to get or keep a job. For all these reasons I remain in negation on this bill.
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I wouldn't say that making the dominant language in the United States spoken by most Americans and the de facto language of the US government unamerican. Rather the United States becomes the largest Spanish speaking nation in 2050 or not, English will still be the dominant language in the United States. Bills, regulations, international treaties will still be in English. Even the Constitution of the United States was in English. That doesn't mean that everyone in the United States will have to know English. There will still be duplicates in other languages, translators ect to accommodate other Americans and tourist.

Another point I found odd was the assertion that making English the official language was that it would interfere with peoples' freedoms. Slavery was a major part in the American nation until it wasn't. Time changes and passing a bill officially making the de facto language spoken official isn't going to hurt the people that are coming into the country. Rather they talk in Spanish or English or Mandarin ect, their freedoms to say what they want will still exist. It is also a fact that people can learn just about any language in the world for free. I'm learning Tagalog via language exchange sites. They teach Spanish, they learn the language of their choosing.

My last rebuttal is if Spanish really does get large enough to the point that some believe it might become then another bill can be passed that will make Spanish an official spoken language in the United States as well. Making English an official language spoken in the United States is common sense that everyone knows to be the truth. 80% of the people in the United States speaks English, those that do not speak it coming in will have to learn English regardless cause the majority speak it. Only Spanish speakers will find it hard to live in a nation full of English speakers, or do you expect the majority English speakers take their time to learn a significantly less spoken language for them to do day to day things when they're out and about?

Immigrants should learn English if they are destined to live in a dominantly English speaking nation. That is why when people are traveling abroad they learn that nation's dominant speaking language so that they can do the day to day things there.

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