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HR 997 English Language Unity Act

Assimilation has always been of considerable importance in the immigration process. The idea of assimilation is those who come to the United States will adapt to and adopt American culture.

One way of encouraging assimilation is to establish an official language.  While never seeking to ban the use of other languages, agreeing on a common language encourages national and cultural unity.

HR 997 and Senate companion bill S. 678 seek to declare English as the official language of the United States.

Nationalization ceremonies and official functions would be conducted in English.

Citizens would be expected to be sufficiently fluent in the English language so as to be capable of reading US laws, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.

Public and private workplaces would be subject to these basic literacy requirements.

Introduced by Steve King (R-IO), this bill currently has 52 co-sponosors including from Pennsylvania Representatives Lou Barletta and Scott Perry.