English As The Official Language And Mexican Citizens
I think it is truly sad that we have to pass a law that states that English is the official language of the country, but the disrespect that the immigrant of today shows for this country makes it necessary. It used to be that those who immigrated here from other countries took pride in learning English and becoming a full member of society. But with the influx of so many Hispanics both legal and the criminal illegal alien element, it has become a matter of necessity, and pride, that we state We Speak English HERE! Learn it! It isn’t that I mind hearing Spanish while riding the bus or out shopping, because I don’t, even if I think it is a bit rude. But we have bent so far over backwards to accommodate these immigrants that we are losing OUR heritage because of it.
Now there is a movement afoot to change that and to make English the official language of the land. About time too I’d say. You want to live in OUR country? Learn English. You want to enjoy the American Dream? Learn English! Stop thinking you are entitled to taxpayer funded services when you cannot even speak our language. No other country on this Earth has to tell the immigrant, legal or otherwise, to learn the language of the land. Only in America!
42 out of 50 States have English or English plus, as the official language. The federal government has passed a law that states English is the official language of the federal government and no business will be transacted in any other language. There are 6 other States that have English and a second language recognized. These States have English as the official language:
Alabama (1990), Alaska (1998), Arizona (2006), Arkansas (1987), California (1986), Colorado (1988), Florida (1988), Georgia (1986, 1996), Idaho (2007), Illinois (1969), Indiana (1984), Iowa (2002), Kansas (2007), Kentucky (1984), Massachusetts (1975), Mississippi (1987), Missouri (1998), Montana (1995), Nebraska (1920), New Hampshire (1995), North Carolina (1987), North Dakota (1987), South Carolina (1987), South Dakota (1987), Tennessee (1984), Utah (2000), Virginia (1981, 1996), and Wyoming (1996). Then the following States have at least 2 languages that are recognized; Hawaii (1978) Hawaiian and English, Louisiana (1807) English and French, New Mexico (1989) English Plus, Oregon (1989). 2 States have pending legislation; Rhode Island (2007, pending) and Washington (2007-8, pending). I’m real curious why Alaska isn’t in blue on this map when it is part of the English as the official language. Maybe someone screwed up?
February 11, 2009 a bill was introduced in Congress which would declare English to be the official language of the Country. The bill is currently sitting in the following Committees:
The bill is H.R. 997
HR 997 IH
H. R. 997
To declare English as the official language of the United States, to establish a uniform English language rule for naturalization, and to avoid misconstructions of the English language texts of the laws of the United States, pursuant to Congress’ powers to provide for the general welfare of the United States and to establish a uniform rule of naturalization under article I, section 8, of the Constitution.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 11, 2009
There are 61 sponsors of this bill. I’d sure like to see a unanimous vote on it. This bill would make it clear to all those who immigrate here that this country expects them to respect the English language and to learn it. You are not entitled to get your paperwork in your native language and disregard the rest of society or the unifying language. We need this bill. It would, once and for all, unite this country. That is something we need as a nation. United we stand, divided we fall.
An excerpt from Common Dreams has this to say:
Numerous campaigns across country
The movement to make English the official language of U.S. government seems to run in cycles, and for now it’s back. Since the beginning of the year, four bills to that effect have been introduced in Congress, with versions of the idea included as part of at least three other bills. Meanwhile, similar measures have been introduced in at least 10 of the 22 states that don’t already have such provisions.
“A nation of immigrants needs one national language,” Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., said last month in introducing legislation that would make English the “national language” and declare that “there is no entitlement to receive federal documents and services in languages other than English.”
That would make the total States to have English as the official language up to 42 out of 50 if they all pass leaving only 8 States which would not have any official language. It is unclear if the respective States would then adopt English as the official language or not. This isn’t to say that any language besides English can’t be spoken in your communities or at home, or even on the bus, only that English is the official and founding language of these united States.
Those who wave the Mexican flag should refresh their memory concerning the Naturalization Act of 1795. According to the first section of that act:
SECTION 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, that any alien, being a free white person, may be admitted to become a citizen of the United States, or any of them, on the following conditions, and not otherwise. First, he shall have declared, on oath or affirmation, before the Supreme, Superior, District, or Circuit Court of some one of the states, or of the territories northwest or south of the Ohio River, or a Circuit or District Court of the United States, three years at least before his admission, that it was, bona fide, his intention to become a citizen of the United States, and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty whereof such alien may at that time be a citizen or subject.
Secondly. He shall, at the time of his application to be admitted, declare on oath or affirmation before some one of the courts aforesaid that he has resided within the United States five years at least, and within the state or territory where such court is at the time held, one year at least; that he will support the Constitution of the United States; and that he does absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreigh prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty whatever and particularly by name the prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty whereof he was before a citizen or subject; which proceedings shall be recorded by the clerk of the court.
Thirdly. The court admitting such alien shall be satisfied that he has resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States five years. It shall further appear to their satisfaction that during that time he has behaved as a man of a good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well-disposed to the good order and happiness of the same.
Fourthly. In case the alien applying to be admitted to citizenship shall have borne any hereditary title, or been of any of the orders of nobility, in the kingdom or state from which he came, he shall, in addition to the above requisites, make an express renunciation of his title or order of nobility in the court to which his application shall be made; which renunciation shall be recorded in the said court.
Raising the Mexican flag in this country, especially above the flag of these united States, is a direct violation of this Act and shows that your allegiance is still to the Mexican government and NOT to the Constitution OR the United States. It also invalidates your demands for Citizenship. Disrespecting this country and our laws doesn’t make you a good candidate for Citizenship in my opinion. That our country would even consider giving into your demands with these violations of our laws is ridiculous. Raising the Mexican flag IN THIS COUNTRY shows all the world that your loyalty is to Mexico. This makes you ineligible for Citizenship to these united States.
The following applies to ALL criminal illegal aliens, and those harboring or transporting these same criminals across the United States Border:
(a) Criminal penalties
(A) Any person who—
(i) knowing that a person is an alien, brings to or attempts to bring to the United States in any manner whatsoever such person at a place other than a designated port of entry or place other than as designated by the Commissioner, regardless of whether such alien has received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States and regardless of any future official action which may be taken with respect to such alien;
(ii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, transports, or moves or attempts to transport or move such alien within the United States by means of transportation or otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law;
(iii) knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation;
(iv) encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law; or
(I) engages in any conspiracy to commit any of the preceding acts, or
(II) aids or abets the commission of any of the preceding acts,
shall be punished as provided in subparagraph (B).
(B) A person who violates subparagraph (A) shall, for each alien in respect to whom such a violation occurs—
(i) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i) or (v)(I) or in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), or (iv) in which the offense was done for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain, be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both;
(ii) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(ii), (iii), (iv), or (v)(II), be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both;
(iii) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv), or (v) during and in relation to which the person causes serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 of title 18) to, or places in jeopardy the life of, any person, be fined under title 18, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both; and
(iv) in the case of a violation of subparagraph (A)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv), or (v) resulting in the death of any person, be punished by death or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, fined under title 18, or both.
(C) It is not a violation of clauses  (ii) or (iii) of subparagraph (A), or of clause (iv) of subparagraph (A) except where a person encourages or induces an alien to come to or enter the United States, for a religious denomination having a bona fide nonprofit, religious organization in the United States, or the agents or officers of such denomination or organization, to encourage, invite, call, allow, or enable an alien who is present in the United States to perform the vocation of a minister or missionary for the denomination or organization in the United States as a volunteer who is not compensated as an employee, notwithstanding the provision of room, board, travel, medical assistance, and other basic living expenses, provided the minister or missionary has been a member of the denomination for at least one year.
(2) Any person who, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has not received prior official authorization to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, brings to or attempts to bring to the United States in any manner whatsoever, such alien, regardless of any official action which may later be taken with respect to such alien shall, for each alien in respect to whom a violation of this paragraph occurs—
(A) be fined in accordance with title 18 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; or
(B) in the case of—
(i) an offense committed with the intent or with reason to believe that the alien unlawfully brought into the United States will commit an offense against the United States or any State punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year,
(ii) an offense done for the purpose of commercial advantage or private financial gain, or
(iii) an offense in which the alien is not upon arrival immediately brought and presented to an appropriate immigration officer at a designated port of entry,
be fined under title 18 and shall be imprisoned, in the case of a first or second violation of subparagraph (B)(iii), not more than 10 years, in the case of a first or second violation of subparagraph (B)(i) or (B)(ii), not less than 3 nor more than 10 years, and for any other violation, not less than 5 nor more than 15 years.
(A) Any person who, during any 12-month period, knowingly hires for employment at least 10 individuals with actual knowledge that the individuals are aliens described in subparagraph (B) shall be fined under title 18 or imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both.
(B) An alien described in this subparagraph is an alien who—
(i) is an unauthorized alien (as defined in section 1324a (h)(3) of this title), and
(ii) has been brought into the United States in violation of this subsection.
(4) In the case of a person who has brought aliens into the United States in violation of this subsection, the sentence otherwise provided for may be increased by up to 10 years if—
(A) the offense was part of an ongoing commercial organization or enterprise;
(B) aliens were transported in groups of 10 or more; and
(i) aliens were transported in a manner that endangered their lives; or
(ii) the aliens presented a life-threatening health risk to people in the United States.
Seizures and forfeitures include any kind of transportation vehicle used in the commission of the crime of bringing in illegal criminal aliens, money or property owned by those who transport, harbor or entice a criminal illegal to come to this country in violation of our immigration laws. These are steep penalties if you don’t have the money or property to lose. Of course, the coyotes seem to have enough to lose.
And just because we have a lot of gutless wonders in government at present, doesn’t mean that at some point down the road the tide won’t change. Tides always do. Your actions speak louder than your words ever will. Go ahead and wave your Mexican flags, it only goes to show just how UN-American you can get. Citizenship for you? Not on my watch.
There is only one portion of this code that Homeland Secretary consistently violates or fails to act on:
(e) Outreach program
The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of State, as appropriate, shall develop and implement an outreach program to educate the public in the United States and abroad about the penalties for bringing in and harboring aliens in violation of this section.
Too bad the Homeland Secretary is such a coward. But doing this would mean that we would ENFORCE our immigration laws and the penalties that go along with them.