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March 28, 2015

The Motivation for English-Official Legislation

Washington Post: “We have seen a number of calls for English language legislation in recent years, which are often tied to issues of immigration and immigration reform. Yet, such legislation is quite common in the United States. Thirty-one states have adopted English as their official language, most (27 of these 31) since the 1980s.”

“In our recent article in Research and Politics (open access), we find a relationship between immigrant population size, the presence of an initiative process, and the adoption of English-official legislation in states. Yet, we only find this relationship when immigration is in the national news.  When immigration receives a lot of coverage, the saliency of the subject matter seems to prompt states – especially those with large immigrant populations and direct initiatives – to respond with legislation that makes English the official language.”

  • Smith_90125

    How pathetic, stupid and ignorant of history are those people to worry about English being the dominant language in the US?

    1) A country is going to speak and read the language of its populace. Latin used to be the dominant European language when the christian cult dominated the continent and the majority were illiterate. Literacy killed Latin, just as demographics will kill English in the US.

    2) Short sighted idiots can’t grasp that a second language is a boon. South America (and Central America) is a rising economic power with about 400 million people, most of whom speak Spanish or Portuguese, a language that has a lot of mutual intelligibility with Spanish.

  • NOamnestyEVER

    Mexicans LOATHE the gringos’ language.

    speaking only Spanish demonstrates LA RAZA SUPREMACY of the occupiers!

    FIFTEEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LA RAZA “THE RACE” Obama-funded Mexican fascism in our borders!

    by Michelle Malkin

    “The American Southwest seems to be slowly returning to the jurisdiction of Mexico without firing a single shot.” — Excelsior, the national newspaper of Mexico

    STATE by STATE… 49 more mexifornias

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