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Trump Makes English and Spanish the Official Languages of the United States

Trump is expected to sign a new bill that would require new citizens to be proficient in English and Spanish.

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.”

Note from editor: April fools! 

 


3 Comments

  1. Nada Amer says:

    Martin,

    First of all, I have to say this was an excellent and informative post. As someone who no longer keeps up with political news, I often find that I miss out on important events that shape the country, such as an event like this one. I am surprised to learn that President Trump and his administration want to make English AND Spanish the official languages of the United States; this is a horrible, disastrous idea because becoming a citizen is already hard enough with all the requirements that newcomers must meet. In fact, a lot of people immigrating to the United States are usually not fluent English speakers, so to add another language that must be learned is absurd; no one is going to be able to become a citizen unless they have studied both English and Spanish, which is really a lot to ask for. My parents immigrated to the United States 20 years ago and as they were becoming citizens, they already struggled to meet the requirements because they hardly knew English (and one of my parents still doesn’t speak English fluently). I can only imagine if Spanish was a requirement, my parents would have never been able to come to this country. I feel personally affected by such an issue and I feel as if it is unfair to immigrants who actually want to become citizens.

    -Nada Amer (eng3080amer)

  2. Nada Amer says:

    Earlier today, I left a lengthy post describing how enraged I was about this new law that supposedly was being passed to require new citizens to pass an English and Spanish language proficiency exam. I do not follow the news, especially political news, so anything that I hear, I take it seriously. I read the article and felt so enraged and passionate about this topic, because I feel as if this is something that Trump would do. I did not even stop to think about how silly this sounded. Well this was a lesson learned, because later on, Martin kindly informed me that it was an April Fool’s Joke. AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE!!! It says it all the way at the end of the article, which I completely missed. I never fall for these jokes, (and I hope no one does either) but Martin got me good. 😜

    -Nada Amer (eng3080amer)

  3. This is hilarious! I enjoy reading your posts and find it comical that you made an April fools post seeing your background in journalism. I remember doing this in the Quo Vadis Newspaper last year! Way to go!

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