Thursday, July 21, 2011

DEMS FIGHTING IMMIGRANT ASSIMILATION

Who's Stifling Assimilation?

Learning how to read, write, and speak English is an essential part of assimilating into the United States. 

In fact, according to Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA.), the Department of Education has determined that: immigrants who fail to assimilate and learn English are more likely to remain unemployed and are lower-wage earners than those who speak English. 

To ensure that immigrants assimilate and achieve success in our great nation, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), have introduced legislation in both the House and the Senate that would make English the official language of the United States. 

If passed and signed into law, the English Language Unity Act of 2011 will: 

  • Make English the official language of the United States.
  • Require the establishment of a uniform language requirement for naturalization.
  • Set the framework for uniform testing of English language ability for candidates for naturalization.
CLICK HERE to SEND FAXES to every member of Congress to DEMAND that they support and vote for H.R. 997 or its companion bill in the Senate S. 503, the English Language Unity Act of 2011, because English is the official language of the United States, and learning this universal language will enable immigrants to prosper in and contribute to our great nation. 

"A common language is the most powerful unifying force known throughout history," Rep. King said. "We need to encourage assimilation of all legal immigrants in each generation. A nation divided by language cannot pull together as effectively as a people." 

Building unity among immigrants of all nations and generation is just one reason why we must have a mandate that would make English the official language. Others include employment rates and crime, as many of those who committee petty crimes are unemployed, which can be a factor for immigrants who fail to, obtain higher-wage jobs because of their inability to speak English. 

U.S. English Inc. reports that a majority of Americans support the English Language Unity Act and says that:"Numerous polls consistently prove that more than four-fifths of Americans support making English the official language." 

If passed, the bill would also ensure that routine government business is conducted in English (giving government agencies exceptions to protect public health, safety, and national security). 

The bill would also ensure that those who can and do speak English will be required to give their testimony before a government committee in English. Recently, a man in Texas gave his testimony before a State legislative committee exclusively in Spanish, even though he speaks English and has been living in the United States since 1988, as part of his protest against the State's Senate Bill 9, a sanctuary cities bill that would cut funding from cities that tell police not to check immigration status of people they pull over. 

CLICK HERE to SEND FAXES to every member of Congress to DEMAND that they support and vote for H.R. 997 or its companion bill in the Senate S. 503, the English Language Unity Act of 2011. In order for immigrants to assimilate into the tapestry of our great nation and achieve their American dream, they must learn English! 

Opposition in Education: 

Recently, a national Spanish Language Spelling Bee was held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was won by a seventh-grade student. This is wonderful; but unfortunately, special interest groups have used the "history making" event to push their agenda, because they view the English Language Unity Act as a threat and an attack against those for whom Spanish is their first or only language, and children of Mexican-American origin. 

The New Mexico Association of Bilingual Education says that: "Strong measures must be taken to ensure the preservation of the Spanish language wherever it is challenged; in the home, in the schools and universities and in cultural and social affairs. [Because] children of Mexican-American origin are losing their language, and thus, by implication, are denying their proper cultural heritage." 

Opposing the English Language Unity Act might garner applause from some special interest groups, and votes for politicians, like Rep. Jose Serrano who opposes the bill; but stifling efforts to help immigrants learn English does nothing to help immigrants assimilate into the country, nor does it help non-English speaking students to achieve academic success or find prospects for future employment. 

As Rep. Barletta, the former mayor of Hazelton, PA, the only town in that state to make English its official language, explained, politicians and academics are "not helping immigrants by making it easier for them not to learn English." And he cited his own Italian-immigrant parents, who learned to read, write, and speak English as an example. 

CLICK HERE to SEND FAXES to every member of Congress to DEMAND that they support and vote for H.R. 997 or its companion bill in the Senate S. 503, the English Language Unity Act of 2011, because English is the official language of the United States, and learning this universal language will enable immigrants to prosper in and contribute to our great nation.

And don't forget to forward this message to your friends!



Members of Congress need to hear from you today! 

Sincerely,

Tony Adkins
Conservative Action Alerts 

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