The United States is made up of many different ethic groups. These groups vary from Latinos, Asian American, African American, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, and etc. These ethnic groups come into America speaking many different languages. However, many people are still surprised to learn that the United States has no official language. Many assume that English is the official language of the United States. But despite efforts over the years, the United States has no official language. Because the United States has no official language, it is suffering with large costs. These large costs will lead us on a road to wasteful government expenses, language battles that fuel ethnic resentment, and in the long run serious ethnic and linguistic separatist movements. An official English legislation is the answer to the problem.
The main problem is that a multilingual government is not cheap. Today, our government makes it easy for immigrants to function in their native language. They make it easier through bilingual education, multilingual ballots and driver’s license exams, and government-funded translators in schools and hospitals (Mujica). Not only are these services expensive for American taxpayers, but it also keeps immigrants linguistically isolated. According to the 1990 Census, 13.8 percent of U.S. residents spoke some non-English at home, while 2.9 percent did not speak English at all or not well (Mount). There was a 52 percent increase in those who could not speak English in 2000 (Mujica).
The statistics of those not speaking English could lead to the idea that English is diminishing in certain sections of the United States. An example of this is shown in the article “Why the U.S. Needs an Official Language” by Mauro E. Mujica. In Hartford, Connecticut the city is said to becoming “Latinized”. The city web page turned bilingual, the after-hour callers are greeted by a message in Spanish, and half of the Hispanics do not speak English in this city. Nothing against Latinos or any race for that matter, but could this start to become a trend in America? Will this idea grow into the government?
However, there are those that disagree with the issue that the English language is in fact starting to diminish in the United States. According to the article “Should English Be the Law?”, Robert D. King suggests that the American people should just relax and luxuriate in our linguistic richness and our tolerance of the different languages. Robert D. King also states that language poses no threat to the American unity. However, despite his opinion and the opinion of others we need to make English the official language.
The efforts to making English the official language in the United States have been so far unsuccessful. In order to stop America from heading down the road to wasteful government expenses, language battles that fuel ethnic resentments, and in the long run ethnic and linguistic separatist movements, America...