Arkansas Congressman Sponsors English Language Bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. John Boozman, whose northwest Arkansas district has a growing Hispanic population, says he supports making English the country's official language.

The Republican congressman said he was co-sponsoring the House resolution known as the National Language Act of 2007.

The measure would make English the official language of the federal government and require all official government business be conducted in English.  All naturalization ceremonies and the oath of allegiance would have to be conducted in English only.

Boozman says the English language is the common thread that binds Americans, no matter what their ancestry is.  He says the bill will help create a foundation among new citizens to allow them to realize the American dream.

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