English Only as Support for Arizona's SB1070
- English Only as Support for Arizonas SB1070
By Maegan La Mala Vivirlatino
July 17, 2010
While some cities and states are writing copycat laws to show their support for Arizonas SB1070, which goes into effect in less than two weeks, some towns are using English first/English only legislation to promote anti-immigrant nativism.
The bustling township of Homer, Illinois, population 30,000, with 12 percent Latinos, passed a resolution last week making English its official language. They have never had an issue with immigration and all of the towns official documents have always been printed in one language, English. The resolution was passed without opposition as a way to show support for Arizonas SB1070 and like laws.
We recognize Native Americans had the first language in our Country, followed by Western European dialects, with English eventually becoming dominant, the resolution reads in part. The Homer Township Board supports actions to enforce existing Immigration law, enforce residency requirements in our school districts, and acknowledge that English the dominant language of Homer Township.