The Bill, S.678, Would Establish English as the Official Language of the United States

(Washington DC) — U.S. English enthusiastically supports Sen. Jim Inhofe’s (R-Oklahoma) decision to re-introduce the English Language Unity Act (S.678), which establishes English as the official language of the United States.

The legislation would require the Federal Government to use the English language when acting with binding legal authority. For instance, all naturalization ceremonies would be required to be conducted in English. However, the Bill does make reasonable exceptions to permit the use of other languages in cases of national security, international relations, trade, tourism, public safety and health, and protecting the legal rights and interests of victims.

“I would like to thank Sen. Jim Inhofe for re-introducing the English Language Unity Act (S.678); designed to establish English as the official language of the United States,” said U.S. English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica. “With an increasingly diverse immigrant population, it is more important than ever to use the inclusive and unifying power of the English language to bring us together as a people and a nation,” concluded Chairman Mujica.

US English encourages all members of the U.S. Senate, both Democrats and Republicans, to assertively support the English Language Unity Act (S.678). It is a common sense piece of bi-partisan legislation. When the Bill was first introduced, co-sponsors included Senator’s Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), David Vitter (R-La.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.).

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U.S. English, Inc. is the nation's oldest and largest non-partisan citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. Founded in 1983 by the late Sen. S.I. Hayakawa of California, U.S. English, Inc. ( www.usenglish.org ) now has more than 2 million members.