Joe Scarborough on Immigration
Former Republican Representative (FL-1)
Voted YES on more immigrant visas for skilled workers.
Vote to pass a bill to increase the number of temporary visas granted to highly skilled workers from 65,000 to 115,000 by the year 2000.
Reference: Bill introduced by Smith, R-TX.;
Bill HR 3736
; vote number 1998-460
on Sep 24, 1998
Declared English the official language of the US.
Scarborough co-sponsored declaring English the official language of the US
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY:
Amends Federal law to declare English to be the official language of the US Government.
- Representatives of the Federal Government have an affirmative obligation to preserve and enhance the role of English as the official language of the Federal Government.
- Requires such representatives to conduct official business in English.
- Prohibits anyone from being denied Government services because he or she communicates in English.
- Requires that all officials conduct all naturalization ceremonies entirely in English.
- Declares that nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the preservation or use of Native Alaskan or Native American languages.
EXCERPTS FROM BILL:
The Congress finds and declares the following:
Source: English Language Empowerment Act (H.R.123) 99-HR0123 on Jan 6, 1999
- The US is comprised of individuals and groups from diverse ethnic, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds.
- The US has benefited and continues to benefit from this rich diversity.
- The common thread binding individuals of differing backgrounds has been a common language.
- The Federal Government should maintain a language common to all people.
- English has historically been the common language and the language of opportunity in the US.
- The purpose of this title is to help immigrants better assimilate and take full advantage of opportunities in the US.
- By learning the English language, immigrants will be empowered with the language skills and literacy necessary to become responsible citizens and productive workers in the US.
- The use of a single common language in conducting official business of the Federal Government will promote efficiency and fairness.
- English should be recognized in law as the language of official business of the Federal Government.
- Any monetary savings derived from the enactment of this title should be used for the teaching of the English language to non-English-speaking immigrants.
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