Essay on Making English The Official Language

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The United States is made up of many different ethic groups. These groups vary from Latinos, Asian American, African American, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and etc. These ethnic groups come into America speaking many different languages. However, many people are still surprised to learn that the United States has no official language. Many assume that English is the official language of the United States. Despite all the effort over the years, the United States has no official language. Because the United States has no official language, it is suffering with substantial costs. These large costs will lead us on a road to wasteful government expenses, language battles that fuel ethnic resentment, and eventually serious ethnic …show more content…
The city web page turned bilingual, the after-hour callers are greeted by a message in Spanish, and half of the Hispanics do not speak English in this city. Nothing against Latinos or any race for that matter, but will this start to become a trend in America? Will this idea grow into the government? However, there are those that disagree with the issue that the English language is in fact starting to diminish in the United States. According to the article “Should English Be the Law?”, Robert D. King suggests that the American people should just relax and luxuriate in our linguistic richness and our tolerance of the different languages (443). Robert D. King also states that language poses no threat to the American unity (443). However, despite his opinion and the opinion of others we need to make English the official language.
The effort to making English the official language in the United States has so far been unsuccessful. In order to prevent America from heading down the road to wasteful government expenses, language battles that fuel ethnic resentments, and eventually ethnic and linguistic separatist movements, America needs to make a change. This change would be declaring English as the official language of the United States. However, this official language policy would only apply to government. Official English laws would not be directed at the language people themselves choose to speak but, it would be directed at what language the

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