One Language, One People Essay by RightRiters

One Language, One People
The arguments for and against proclaiming English the sole official language of America.
# 23657 | 1,604 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 17, 2003 in Ethnic Studies (General) , Public Administration (General)

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This paper discusses the issue of of to what extent should immigrants be permitted to preserve their own language and customs once they have come to the United States and whether we should be a nation of one language or of many. It examines the opinions of the politician Pat Buchanan who is opposed to free immigration and linguistic diversity and Ben Wattenberg who is for it. It analyzes such issues as over immigration, bilingual education, ethnic and the effect of cultural diversity.

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"In contrast, Ben Wattenberg believes that in large-scale immigration the benefits outweigh the ills. Rather than being detrimental to the future survival of America and its civilization, immigration will actually make the United States stronger. Wattenberg makes his case by using the very same figures as Buchanan. The declining birthrate in Europe and Japan means that by 2050, Westerners will make up only one-eighth of the world's population, as compared to one-third in 1950. (American Enterprise, 2002) The birthrate among native-born Americans is slightly below replacement rate, but with immigration, the American population continues to increase."

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