Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) have reintroduced legislation to require the government to conduct all of its official business in English. The legislation also promotes steps to insure that legal immigrants are fluent enough in English to read and understand U.S. law as written. English language testing will be required during the naturalization process. One consequence of the law will be to do away with election ballots printed in Spanish, Chinese, or other languages not English. This step will tend to suppress election turnout among immigrant and minority groups, who more often vote for Democrats.
"This legislation will provide much-needed commonality among United States citizens, regardless of heritage,” Inhofe said. “…It is important that we share one vision and one official language.”
"A common language is the most powerful unifying force known throughout history," King said.
There’s no doubt that Rep. King speaks at least one language well understood in this country—the language of self-promotion:
“I have seen the fences being built on the border by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. I have watched illegal immigrants scale these fences and easily move between the United States and Mexico. To address this, I have designed a concrete border wall proposal. I have 35 years experience in the earth-moving, drainage and concrete construction business, which gives me the background to design an effective wall. My concrete wall would function as both a human and vehicle barrier, inspired by the success of the concrete wall in Israel. My design is cost efficient, easy to construct and impenetrable. This design would funnel illegal traffic to our ports of entry, where it can be reasonably controlled by our nation’s customs and border patrol agents.”
—Statement on Rep. King’s website.