Friday, January 28, 2005

English Only in Arizona

Rep. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa, recently introduced a bill that would make English as the official language of Arizona. If it receives enough support, it will appear in the 2006 ballot. In all likelihood voters will approve it. That would follow the elimination of bilingual education from the state and a more recent proposition which denies benefits to undocumented workers in Arizona. If the English only bill is approved federal law would not be affected. Twenty-seven other states have adopted English as their official language. The idea is to hit immigrants and force them to learn English. As if immigrants need more incentives to learn English. The effect of the new law will be minimal and will only serve to make Arizonans feel good about attacking immigrants and foster a climate of monolingualism, which is dangerous to the security of America.

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