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About U.S. English

  • About U.S. English Overview
    This link contains an overview of U.S. English, including its mission and its founding by U.S. Senator S.I. Hayakawa in 1983
  • Biography of U.S. English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica
    This link contains the biography of U.S. English Chairman Mauro E. Mujica, including his educational and business background, his immigration to the U.S. in 1965, and his achievements as the Chairman of U.S. English.
  •  What is Official English?
    This link contains an extensive explanation of the Official English movement, including what exactly Official English legislation will do, what its goals are, and the progress U.S. English has made over the years to implement such legislation across the United States.


Legislation

  • H.R. 997 – Full Bill Text
    This link contains the 6-page official bill text for H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, introduced in the 112th Congress by Rep. Steve King (R-IA).
  • S. 503 – Full Bill Text
    This link contains the 7-page official bill text for S. 503, the English Language Unity Act, introduced in the 112th Congress by Senator Jim Inhofe (OK).
  • Full text of state Official English laws
    This link contains an alphabetical list of states that have enacted Official English legislation, including the year it was adopted and the full text of the English language law.
  • State Official English Law Citations
    This link contains a list, in chronological order, of states that have adopted Official English laws, and the corresponding law citations. The list starts in 1811 with the adoption in Louisiana of the LA. Enabling Act, 2 U.S. Stat. 641 S. 3 and concludes in 2010 with the adoption in Oklahoma of State Question 751 from the 2010 election.


Maps

  • Who supports Official English?
    This link contains a map showing the percentage of people in each state who, according to various polls, support Official English. It also shows the overall percentage of Democrats, Republicans, First and Second Generation Immigrants, Hispanic Americans, and males and females who support such legislation.
  • Who has an official language?
    This link contains information about the countries around the world that have adopted an official language. Ninety-two percent of the world’s countries have at least one official language—and English is the official language in 51 nations! The U.S. is one of only 15 nations without an official language policy.
  • Limited English Proficiency Rates in the U.S. 2000 to 2010
    This link contains a map showing the depth of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) rates in the 50 states, comparing the year 2000 to the year 2010. The Census Bureau classifies individuals who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write or understand English as LEP.
  • States with Official English laws
    This link contains a map showing the states that have adopted Official English laws, including the year that Official English became law.


Research and Statistics

  • Official English Myths vs. Reality
    This link contains common myths about the Official English movement and the truth that is often overlooked. From rumors that the Founding Fathers decided against making English the official language to the belief that most immigrants oppose Official English, this document debunks the most widely circulating falsities.
  • Questions and Answers about Official English
    This link contains a list of commonly asked questions about Official English and the answers we give in response—from ‘isn’t English already our official language?’ to ‘is Official English anti-immigrant?’ this page covers it all.
  • Languages Spoken in the U.S.
    This link contains a list of all of the languages spoken in the United States, according to the Census Bureau 2006-2008 American Community Survey, which was released in 2010. There are currently 325 languages spoken nationwide!
  • Official English Claims vs. Realities
    This document contains common claims made by opponents of Official English, and our realistic responses. From ‘Official English is English-only’ to ‘adding Official English would overload the court system with multiple lawsuits,’ see the realities of enacting Official English.
  • Facts and Figures
    This link contains a list of facts and figures relating to English language usage—from information about income for immigrants who speak English vs. those who don’t to statistics about the number of nations where English is the sole official language, check here for great statistics in support of Official English.
  • Number of Languages spoken in Each State
    This link contains a list of the number of languages spoken by Americans in each state across the U.S. The top five states with the highest variety of languages used include California (213), New York (173), Texas (170), Washington (166) and Florida (162).
  • Multilingual Ballots: How much do they cost?
    This link contains the sources behind our estimate that providing bilingual and multilingual voting ballots nationwide could cost nearly $5 million. U.S. English advocates that in order to fully participate in the democratic process and all that America has to offer, one must be able to read, write and speak in English.
  • Immigrants Support Official English Legislation
    This link contains a list of statistics showing that some of the greatest backers of Official English are, in fact, immigrants. Did you know that 87 percent of Hispanics believe Hispanic immigrants need to learn English to succeed in the U.S.?
  • What Makes English the Global Language of Commerce?
    This link contains links to various news stories that detail foreign nations that consider English the language of global success. Did you know that France, Japan, Taiwan, Uganda and Vietnam all encourage citizens to learn English in an effort to open doors of opportunity to them?

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