The evening of April 5, 2017, U.S. English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” program to discuss the movement to finally make English the official language of the United States. The English Language Unity Act of 2017 has been introduced in the House and Senate as H.R. 997 and S. 678. Visit our Action Center to learn about ways to tell your legislators to support these bills and establish English as our official language.
“What we’re trying to do, it’s absolutely normal,” said Chairman Mujica. “Instead of trying to function in any one of the 350 languages that we have in this country, we want the Government to begin teaching English to immigrants and to help them assimilate.” What’s more, English as the official language remains a popular idea. “Generally, 83% of people in this country approve of the idea of having an official language,” Chairman Mujica said.
As noted by Mr. Carlson, one in five U.S. households – over 60 million – now have a foreign language spoken at home, based on the latest data from the U.S. Census. And yet, the need for English as our common and unifying language is as clear as ever. “English is the lingua franca (bridge language) of the world today,” Mr. Mujica declared. “I travel all over the world almost every month, and wherever I go I speak English.”
Chairman Mujica’s experience reflects the facts: English is increasingly recognized as the essential language of business, travel and education. In America, meanwhile, English remains a vital key to success. According to a study by the prestigious Brookings Institute nearly one in-ten working age adults in the United States are considered “limited English proficient”, and they earn 25% to 40% less than those who can speak English well.
Chairman Mujica’s complete conversation with Tucker Carlson can be seen in the video below.