Argument: Official English is key to democratic participation

Issue Report: English as US official language


US “Why is official English necessary?”: “it encourages immigrants to learn English in order to use government services and participate in the democratic process.” How can a person engage in critical analysis of candidates and ballot measures if they cannot speak English? They cannot get the same news and cannot voice their opinions and desires for change in their community. Official English encourages this, which is very healthy for democracy, society, and communities.