It's time for Congress to make English the official language in the United States and pass the English Language Unity Act, an English language advocate says.
"On this policy, we are behind. In fact, more than 90 percent of the world’s nations recognize an official language. And English is the most common, official in 53 nations," Mauro E. Mujica, chairman of U.S. English, Inc., wrote in an opinion piece for The Hill Friday.
"An official language policy would put the United States on par with other nations in keeping all residents united through a common language," Mujica contends.
He claims that as a nation of immigrants, if we don't have "a common thread to unite us in our diversity, we become divided.
"With more than 325 languages spoken in the United States, English is the bond that brings us all together," wrote Mujica, who is also an immigrant from Chile.
It is for this reason that he is calling on Congress to pass the English Language Unity Act, which was introduced on Feb. 13 by Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa.
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