Discuss 3 postives and negatives for declaring English the offical language of the US. Discuss how such a policy might affect Politics, Business in America, and Education.

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I believe that there are many positive aspects of declaring English the official language of the United States. First of all I believe it would help our government save money. Almost everyone you go especially in government offices any form you fill out or poster you read on the wall is in both English and Spanish. The government could easily save money by making English the official language, requiring that people who wish to become U.S. citizens learn to speak it, that way they would not have to spend so much money making sure that important forms and posters are printed in English and Spanish. This would also help to make sure that everyone in the U.S. could communicate with each other. Nothing is worse than going to a store or calling a home or business and not being able to speak to or understand someone. I also think that making English the official language of the U.S.

would help people to get jobs. I can not tell you how many times Spanish only speaking immigrants came into my old job, at Energi Personnel, needing help to find jobs. It was extremely hard to communicate with them and to help them get a job considering that they only spoke Spanish. Employers want employees that they can easily communicate with, not ones that they have to go out of their way to figure out how to tell them to complete a simple task.

Although there are many positive aspects of making English the official language of the U.S. there are also just as many negative aspects. The United States was founded as a country of freedom. Freedom of speech is one of our most important rights in this country. Many people believe that making English or any other language for...