It comes as a shock to some people when they find out that the United States does not have an official language. English is the presumed language of the United States, but President Trump is expected to sign a bill next Monday that would not only make English the official language but Spanish as well.
The new bill will make it mandatory for new U.S. citizens to pass the Bilingual English-Spanish Exam (BESE), in addition to the current exams administered. A score of 75 percent for the English part and a 50 percent for the Spanish portion will be required for new U.S. citizens to pass. Both portions of BESE will have a written and oral exam.
At a White House press briefing this morning, press secretary Sean Spicer said, “This was a measure we were forced to take. With so many immigrants coming from South America, we need to learn their language so that they don’t all just take over. We need to protect ourselves by learning the language of the bad hombres.”
Later in the day, Trump took to Twitter to reiterate the same sentiment by stating, “We need to close the gap with these BAD HOMBRES!”
The bill was met with stark opposition from the House Freedom Caucus, a congressional caucus of conservative and libertarian Republican members.
In a statement to the Trump administration, Chairman Mark Meadows stated, “In America we speak English. It is disgraceful and disloyal to suggest any other language be the official one of our nation.”
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