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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Two days after the end of the legislative session, state lawmakers are discovering something few were aware of: They voted to make English the official language of West Virginia.
The language amendment was quietly inserted into a bill addressing the number of members that cities can appoint to boards of parks and recreation. Among mundane details about record-keeping, the amendment adds the provision that "English shall be the official language of the State of West Virginia."
Originally posted by Jemison
In California, we (the voters) made English the official language years ago. However, it didn't do a lick of good and was deemed 'unconstitutional' so nothing will ever come of it.
I love California but I'm fed up with the voters being ignored. We voted for English to be the official language and it got ignored. We voted against same sex marriages and that nut job in San Fran performed gay marriage ceremonies anyway. Both issues passed by a landslide and yet somehow the voters voices got drowned out by the minority groups who can conveniently scream 'discrimination' whenever they don't get their way.
It's so frustrating.
Despite all of these restrictions on immigration, the United States Census Bureau has predicted that by the year 2050 22.5 percent of all Americans will be of Hispanic origin. With such a significant segment of the population speaking a second language, bilingualism will most likely become an even more common phenomenon in many states.
Hispanic Americans are Americans of Spanish-speaking descent. Many Hispanic Americans are the descendants of Mexican people who lived in the Southwest when it became part of the United States. Almost all other Hispanic Americans or their ancestors migrated to the United States from Latin America. The three largest Hispanic groups in the United States are Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban Americans. As a group, Hispanic Americans represent a mixture of several ethnic backgrounds, including European, American Indian, and African.
Regardless of the bad feelings about Spanish take over US, well............is true, they were here before the English pilgrim and the are now here again.
So I suggest being careful because Hispanics are the fastest growing minority in the US.As Spanish-speakers, they form the largest language minority in the United States
Originally posted by ms_Bhavn
Hope the rest of the states follow in making English the official language. This is long overdue. Most European immigrants realized they needed to adapt and learn the language...and did so. The immigrants today want the government to cater to them. This type of catering doesn't happen when English speaking Americans visit a foreign country and I wouldn't expect it.
Learn the language.
Good for you W. Virginia!
Originally posted by marg6043
I agree that English is the largely spoken language in the US, but actually it was Spanish conquistadors that found the new world.
My mentality is very clear, people are making a big deal of the migrants that are in the US, but the truth is that they have been here since the new world was discovered.
[edit on 13-4-2005 by marg6043]
Originally posted by FlinxAnd to those complaing about Mexican immigrants....history just repeats itself doesn't it? No one ever learns: