Americans Must Share a Common Language, English

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Americans Must Share a Common Language, English The United States of America has no history; it is a new state. Though it does have a few indigenous inhabitants, the overwhelming majority of its inhabitants are immigrants. There is no history of a common culture or a common language developed over hundreds or thousands of years in the United States; however, the various backgrounds of the United States have combined to form a new American culture. Immigration continues, and with this immigration a conflict occurs between the common language of the United States and the languages of the new immigrants. In order to form a more perfect union is it is necessary that all residents of the United States of America, both citizens and non-citizens, share a common language so that they can communicate amongst on another freely; however, this does not mean that all other languages should be suppressed. It is in the best interest of the United States for its residents to share a common language and to retain familiarity with other languages. There is little argument that English is the common language of the United States. Over 97% of the residents of the United States speak English[1]. Several rulings of the United States Supreme Court recognise the primacy of the English language in the United States, though it has never been established as the official language.[2] Fernando Mateo, a Dominican immigrant and owner of several New York City area businesses, attributes his success to his knowledge of English: "You are a nobody in this country if you can't speak English. I am a firm believer that if you live in France, my language should be French. If I live in Spain, my language should be Spanish. If I live in the United States my langu... ... middle of paper ... ...out bilingual education is from Herman Curiel, "Bilingual Education and the American Dream: a Bridge or a Barrier?," Social Work in Education 13.1 (1990): 7-22. [10] Karen Brandon, "War of Words Not Over," Chicago Tribune 4 June 1998: A1. [11] "An End to Bilingual Education," BBC News, 3 June 1998, Online, available 3 Dec 1998, http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/education/news_id105000/105628.stm [12] Daniel B. Wood, "Vote to Eliminate Bilingual Education in California Resonates Nationwide," Christian Science Monitor 4 June 1998: 10. [13] "First Students Test California's 'English Immersion' Law," CNN Interactive, 3 Aug 1998, Online, available 3 Dec 1998, http://www.cnn.com/US/9808/03/bilingual.ends/ [14] Nanette Asimov, "Prop. 227 Upheld by U.S. Judge 'No constitutional right to bilingual education'," San Francisco Chronicle, 16 July 1998: A1.

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