English As An Official Language

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English as an Official Language There is a new dilemma in the American Political game: Should English be legally established as the official language of the U.S.? Some people agree that this should be done on the grounds that we as a nation should establish a cross-cultural commonality. Others disagree with this idea, saying that it doesn't promote the individualism of cultures. I think that the latter group has a better argument.

Establishing English as the official language of the U.S. will do many things. First of all, the modern idea of American multiculturalism will be diminished. Secondly, many immigrants will not have an equal chance at employment, school entrance, driver's testing, and other governmental facilities. And lastly, establishing English as an official language could possibly be viewed as a way to further Anglo-Saxon culture (reflecting a fear of the growing Hispanic population in the U.S.).

Therefore, I don't agree in any legal action to make English the official language of the United States.

I think that offering a course in introductory English as part of citizenship requirements is a good alternative. That way, new immigrants are offered a chance at a better lifestyle standard. In addition, the concept of multiculturalism is not diminished.