WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), today re-introduced S. 678, the English Language Unity Act of 2017, which establishes English as the official language of the United States.
“The power of language is to unify people of all walks of life; by establishing English as the official language of our nation we will become further united,” Inhofe said. “I am pleased to have taken the first steps in enabling increased communication, assimilation and the success of those legally immigrating to the United States and working to become citizens.”
The legislation would require the federal government to use the English language when acting with binding, legal authority. All naturalization ceremonies would also be required to be conducted in English. The bill makes common-sense exceptions to permit the federal government’s use of other languages, such as in cases of national security, international relations and trade, tourism, public safety and health and protecting the rights of victims. At the time of introduction, co-sponsors included Sens. John Boozman (R-Ark.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.).