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King re-introduces English Language Unity Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -

Congressman Steve King is hoping the fourth time is the charm when it comes to H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act.

King, who introduced the bill in 2005, 2007 and 2011, has re-introduced the bill again.

"There is no more unifying force in the world than a common form of communications currency," said King in a written statement. "Every sovereign nation sate, including the Vatican, has at a minimum, an official language. It is essential that we make assimilation of our legal immigrants a top priority and learning English is an important first step in that process. My English Language Unity Act provides consistency among Americans by requiring all official functions of the United States to be conducted in English, establishes a uniform language requirement for naturalization and places an obligation on representatives of the federal government to encourage individuals to learn English. We are a nation strengthened by assimilation, and it is important we share one vision and one official language. English as the official language of our nation ensures as a Nation we are bound together and all have the ability to achieve the American dream."

Opponents of the bill say the legislation deals with a non-issue. They say legislation is not needed to teach others the importance of knowing English because it's already spoken by a majority of Americans. They don't understand why there is a sudden need for an official language.

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