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    I always assumed, you know what they say about the word assume, that english is our offical language. Apparently NOT !

    Please go check this site out, it's legit, got it out of US News & World report.

    http://www.us-english.org

    They are trying to get this bill passed amongst others :

    English Language Unity Act of 2003 (Introduced in House)
    HR 997 IH

    108th CONGRESS
    1st Session
    H. R. 997

    To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid mis-constructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States, pursuant to Congress' powers to provide for the general welfare of the United States and to establish a uniform rule of naturalization under article I, section 8, of the Constitution.

    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    February 27, 2003

    Mr. KING of Iowa introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned




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    A BILL

    To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid mis-constructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States, pursuant to Congress' powers to provide for the general welfare of the United States and to establish a uniform rule of naturalization under article I, section 8, of the Constitution.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `English Language Unity Act of 2003'.

    SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    The Congress finds and declares the following:

    The United States is comprised of individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds, and continues to benefit from this rich diversity.

    Throughout the history of the United States, the common thread binding individuals of differing backgrounds has been the English language.

    Among the powers reserved to the States respectively is the power to establish the English language as the official language of the respective States, and otherwise to promote the English language within the respective States, subject to the prohibitions enumerated in the Constitution of the United States and in laws of the respective States.

    SEC. 3. ENGLISH AS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE UNITED STATES.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Title 4, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new chapter:

    `CHAPTER 6--OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

    `Sec. 161. Official language of the United States

    `The official language of the United States is English.

    `Sec. 162. Preserving and enhancing the role of the official language

    `Representatives of the Federal Government shall have an affirmative obligation to preserve and enhance the role of English as the official language of the Federal Government. Such obligation shall include encouraging greater opportunities for individuals to learn the English language.

    `Sec. 163. Official functions of Government to be conducted in English

    `(a) OFFICIAL FUNCTIONS- The official functions of the Government of the United States shall be conducted in English.
    `(b) SCOPE- For the purposes of this section, the term `United States' means the several States and the District of Columbia, and the term `official' refers to any function that (i) binds the Government, (ii) is required by law, or (iii) is otherwise subject to scrutiny by either the press or the public.
    `(c) PRACTICAL EFFECT- This section shall apply to all laws, public proceedings, regulations, publications, orders, actions, programs, and policies, but does not apply to--

    `(1) teaching of languages;
    `(2) requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act;
    `(3) actions, documents, or policies necessary for national security, international relations, trade, tourism, or commerce;
    `(4) actions or documents that protect the public health and safety;
    `(5) actions or documents that facilitate the activities of the Bureau of the Census in compiling any census of population;
    `(6) actions that protect the rights of victims of crimes or criminal defendants; or
    `(7) using terms of art or phrases from languages other than English.

    `Sec. 164. Uniform English language rule for naturalization

    `(a) UNIFORM LANGUAGE TESTING STANDARD- All citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Laws of the United States made in pursuance of the Constitution.

    `(b) CEREMONIES- All naturalization ceremonies shall be conducted in English.

    `Sec. 165. Rules of construction

    `Nothing in this chapter shall be construed--

    `(1) to prohibit a Member of Congress or any officer or agent of the Federal Government, while performing official functions, from communicating unofficially through any medium with another person in a language other than English (as long as official functions are performed in English);
    `(2) to limit the preservation or use of Native Alaskan or Native American languages (as defined in the Native American Languages Act);
    `(3) to disparage any language or to discourage any person from learning or using a language; or
    `(4) to be inconsistent with the Constitution of the United States.

    `Sec. 166. Standing

    `A person injured by a violation of this chapter may in a civil action (including an action under chapter 151 of title 28) obtain appropriate relief.'
    (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of chapters at the beginning of title 4, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to chapter 5 the following new item: 'Chapter 6. Official Language.'.

    SEC. 4. GENERAL RULES OF CONSTRUCTION FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEXTS OF THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Chapter 1 of title 1, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

    `Sec. 8. General rules of construction for laws of the United States

    `(a) English language requirements and workplace policies, whether in the public or private sector, shall be presumptively consistent with the Laws of the United States; and
    `(b) Any ambiguity in the English language text of the Laws of the United States shall be resolved, in accordance with the last two articles of the Bill of Rights, not to deny or disparage rights retained by the people, and to reserve powers to the States respectively, or to the people.'.
    (b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT- The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 1 of title 1, United States Code, is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 7 the following new item:


    `8. General Rules of Construction for Laws of the United States.'.

    SEC. 5. IMPLEMENTING REGULATIONS.

    The Department of Justice shall, within 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, issue for public notice and comment a proposed rule for uniform testing English language ability of candidates for naturalization, based upon the principles that (a) all citizens should be able to read and understand generally the English language text of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which are made in pursuance thereof, and (b) any exceptions to this standard should be limited to extraordinary circumstances, such as asylum.

    SEC. 6. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    The amendments made by sections 3 and 4 shall take effect on the date that is 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.


    Enough to make you sick to your stomach!

    Let's get involved before we all have to learn Spanish !!!!!!!!!
     
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    This really is a disgrace, and I find it rather insulting.

    English is the spoken language in the USA, if you can't use it effectively to survive here, get the hell out!

    My neighbors kid is being taught spanish, and he is in the frickin 5th grade! And his school made it mandatory for all students no less.

    I can't even get a cheeseburger at McDonalds anymore because these scumbags can't even understand English properly. I order a cheeseburger and get a God damn chicken fajita instead!

    They do know a *little* bit of English though - welfare, section 8, collect unemployment, hubcap, mow lawn...

    Move here, learn the language, practice it, learn to embrace it - or hop in a damn life boat and float back over to where you came from.
     
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    Amen, reverend ! My parents had to in the early 50's when they came here from Europe.
     
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    Am I reading this wrong?? Isnt this to declare English as the national language to make people learn to speak it??
     
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    Your not wrong ! Go to their website and check it out ! Disgusting !
     
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    Jackass, he was promoting the website. It's digusting that such measures need to be taken to have people speak English as a form of communication in the USA.
     
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    I have to admit that my brainwaves were on the same line with Jackass - that's a really scary thought isn't it???
     
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    That's right Jim, in Edison it is mandantory to learn Spanish in school and it starts in 1st grade on...some will say that it's great, being this is the way it's going to be spanish/english, and not how I put it, being that they are catering to the spanish more now a days anyway. Every single thing you buy now is in english/spanish - never was like that years ago! you either learned english, or you had problems. In Perth Amboy they have a school strictly for Spanish, no english speaking, lovely ha??? talk about sick! Well, they are even getting them set up for the gays now too! so nothing surprises me anymore.
     
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    I totally agree with you Jim! My father is from Mexico and my first language was Spanish until I was 7. I have grown up in a small town with the same people since I was 5. It makes me mad that the same people you grew up with still can't speak English! My dad doesn't speak English very well, but he has learned enough to get by and doesn't expect others to speak Spanish to communicate with him. He tries and that's what matters, but you have others that just refuse to learn and instead want everyone else to learn their language instead. I mean, you have heard it before but you aren't going to go live in Germany and expect the Germans to learn English to accomodate you right?? I also get frustrated by all of the commercials/sighs/posters etc. with different languages on there. It's like, if you don't understand that a freakin yellow sign skull is "danger" then your SOL!
    *Zac gets her composure*...Anyway...those are just my 2 cents!:p:
     
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    Welcome to the board ladyzac and it's great to see someone that does speak spanish and feel the way you do, too bad others don't feel that way. Good post!
     

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