May 19, 2006

FINALLY: English Considered As National Language

Bloomberg Reports:
May 18 (Bloomberg) -- The Senate voted to make English the ``national language'' of the U.S. as part of legislation overhauling immigration policy.

The measure, approved by a vote of 63-34, directs the government to ``preserve and enhance'' the role of English, without altering current laws that require some government documents and services be provided in other languages.

``I don't see how you can unify the United States of America unless we have a national language,'' Tennessee Republican Lamar Alexander said. ``English is part of our national identity. It's part of our spirit. It's part of our blood. It's part of who we are.''

The amendment was added to legislation senators are considering that would strengthen border security, create a new guest-worker program and allow an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants to apply for legal status.

Opponents of the language provision said it would cause employees of the federal government to avoid using languages other than English even in warning signs or emergency communications for fear of breaking the law.

Consideration of the English-language amendment was held up for a day as lawmakers negotiated its wording. The final version, sponsored by Republican James Inhofe of Oklahoma, calls for making English the ``national'' language, which was a change from an earlier draft that termed it the ``official'' language.

The amendment also sets requirements that immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship know the English language and U.S. history.

President George W. Bush, in a Monday prime-time address to the nation on immigration, said undocumented immigrants seeking legal status should be required to learn English and that the common language is the key to opportunity in the U.S.

``English allows newcomers to go from picking crops to opening a grocery, from cleaning offices to running offices,'' Bush said.
And read on for the step BACKWARDS in this issue, with commentary by Ted Kennedy:
The Senate today rejected, by a vote of 50-49, a proposal to prevent undocumented workers from receiving Social Security benefits for any contributions they made to the retirement system before they acquire legal status. Opponents said it would take benefits away from people who regularly paid taxes into the system.

``If these immigrants earned it they should receive it like everyone else,'' Massachusetts Democrat Ted Kennedy said.
Yes, folks, Ted Kennedy: The Rational Democrat's embarrasing party guest. "IF THEY EARNED IT" is the key phrase here, and if they're "undocumented" workers, that means they can't actually PROVE that they have. As opposed to the rest of us, who have been paying into Social Security regularly for all of our lives.

Is it wrong to wish that the "Kennedy Curse" would take out the useless members of the family, and not the one or two good ones?

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