I see a great budget cut here. Anyone else? Ya know … This is AMERICA! In America, we speak ENGLISH as the primary language. This doesn’t mean a legal immigrant cannot maintain his home tongue, it is simply that we should all speak and understand the primary language!!! English is taught al over te world, for pete’s sake! Many Europeans speak English as well as their home tongue. Like most Americans, I WELCOME legal immigrants, after all, at some point my family members arrived here from Germany and Ireland as legal immigrants, too! I just think, since we are one nation (under God), that we should also espouse one language, Standard American English, as our national language. I realize that English is a difficult language to learn, but instead of making Spanish and a few other languages available so readily for those new to America, English language skills should be encouraged at every turn, instead of 2nd language crutches everywhere. Just sayin …

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Eighty-four percent (84%) of Americans say English should be the official language of the United States. Only nine percent (9%) disagree, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Seven percent (7%) are not sure.

Similarly, 82% Say Voters Should Be Required to Show Photo ID. All this has to do with the hordes of ILLEGAL immigrants coming into and living in America with Obama’s blessing.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has launched a telephone service that will offer live, one-on-one interpretation services in more than 175 languages.

— available nationwide — will help HUD staff better communicate with “limited English proficient” people about HUD fair-housing programs, home ownership, lead abatement, housing assistance, and other HUD programs and services.

“Access to government should not be determined by how well a person speaks English,” said John Trasviña, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “The HUD Language Line is another example of HUD’s efforts to ensure that persons with limited English proficiency have equal access to HUD programs and services.”

When a non-English-speaking person contacts HUD, the staffer who takes the call will then contact the Language Line and speak with a live operator, who will connect the caller and HUD staff person with an interpreter who speaks the caller’s language.

Congress appropriated funds to HUD under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 to help ensure that individuals have access to housing information in languages other than English.

RELATED READING:
Should English be America’s Official Language?

Language in America – History of English as America’s Common Language

America’s Language Barriers

175 Languages Spoken Here: Obama’s Housing Dept.Expands Services for Non-English Speakers

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