State May Make "English Only" a LawEnglish being the primary language of business across the globe, and the principle language of the internet as well, it makes perfect sense that it would also be the language used at the DMV.
The state of Virginia could soon be "English only."
Services provided in foreign languages to non-English-speaking Virginia residents could be made illegal under legislation proposed in the Virginia General Assembly.
House Bill 55 would reiterate that English is the official language of Virginia and that no state agency or local government shall provide documents, information, literature or other written material in any language other than English. (link)
Some, though, don't see it that way:
Arlington County's official government Web site includes both English and Spanish.That's sweet, Walter. But what about the 8.9% of Arlington residents who are of Asian ancestry? And the 0.4% who are American Indians and Alaska natives? The 0.1% who are Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander? For that matter, the 8.8% of your residents who are of African descent? (source) Why do you discriminate against them on your website?
"We are absolutely proud of the information we provide to our immigrant residents, and our Web site in Spanish is one of them," [incoming Arlington County Board Chairman Walter] Tejada said.
Are you willing to cater to the mother tongues of every foreign-born resident of the county whose primary language is not English?
Somehow I'll bet not.
Smart, compassionate people look to having everyone speak one language here in the USA. You're accepting of just two. When you think about it, we're not that far apart.