Petition to Make English the
Official Language of the U.S.
A strong Republican move is underway in Congress to make English
the official language of the United States. Rep. Steve King
(R-IA) introduced the “English Language Unity Act of 2011” (H.R.
997) and it reads:
To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid misconstructions 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.
Although the current legislation enjoys bi-partisan support, not
all Democrats in Congress support the measure. While a Senator,
Barack Obama voted against a similar effort, and Senate majority
leader Harry Reid (D-NV), referred to a nearly identical bill by
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) as “racist.”
Grassfire Nation supports this latest effort to unify our nation
under one official language, and will be hand-delivering tens of
thousands of petitions supporting H.R. 997 to Rep. King, and key
leadership on Capitol Hill.
To be included in this important grassroots delivery, read the
petition language below and add your name.
citizen of the United States, I fully and wholeheartedly support
legislation that establishes English as the required and
preeminent language throughout the United States. I also support
the requiring a level of English proficiency as a requirement
for naturalization. Such a move would encourage assimilation of
legal immigrants living in the U.S. Finally, public and private
sectors should not be required to provide services in