Benishek Supports English As The Official Language Of The United States

Jul 13, 2011 Issues: Congressional Issues

WASHINGTON, DC:  Congressman Dan Benishek (MI-01) today endorsed H.R. 997 the “English Language Unity Act” which establishes English as the official language of the United States.  

“I believe this legislation will help ensure that new immigrants better understand the unique American principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, as well as the laws of the United States,” stated Benishek, a lifelong resident of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula serving in his first term in Congress.

Benishek stated that the bill would require, subject to exceptions and rules of construction, that: (1) official functions of the United States be conducted in English; and (2) all naturalization ceremonies be conducted in English and establishes a uniform English language rule for naturalization and (3) make English language requirements and workplace policies presumptively consistent with the laws of the United States.

“I see this bill as a way to reduce an immigrant’s reliance on the federal government by easing their assimilation into this country economically, socially and politically,” added Benishek.

Benishek explained that as the descendent of Polish immigrants who came to the U.S. in search of a better life, he is acutely aware of the contributions made by immigrants to the United States.

“Many areas of the First District were settled by immigrants hoping to find freedom and prosperity in our country.  That is the unique and cherished history of America—a place where anybody from anywhere can live the life they dream.  And I believe as long as immigrants enter this nation legally and follow our laws, they should be warmly welcomed,” said Benishek.

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Steve King (IA-05) and currently has 94 cosponsors, including Michigan Representatives Camp, McCotter, Rogers, and Walberg.

According to the U.S. Census, approximately 91% of Michigan’s residents speak only English.  The same report shows that 25,115 individuals (4%) in Michigan do not speak English at all. 

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