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June 20, 2018

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Not since the early 1900’s has the United States been as linguistically diverse, leading to new challenges in the way we communicate, conduct business and educate our children. Some states have enacted laws to make English the official language ###and to eliminate multilingual policies, like bilingual education. Do bilingual programs help or hurt immigrant students? Are English Only laws simply a practical strategy to unify our citizens, or a way of discriminating against non-citizens and immigrants?

Jim Boulet, Jr. is the Executive Director of English First, a 150,000 member grassroots lobbying organization that is determined to make English America’s official language. A graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Boulet has written for the Scripps Howard News Service, the Dallas Morning News and the Washington Times. He has testified before Congress and lectured widely on English only issues. In 1994, he organized the successful drive for the Pressler amendment requiring bilingual education teachers to be fluent in English.

Juan Perea is a Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law where he teaches constitutional law, race relations and employment law. Prior to joining the law school faculty, Mr. Perea was an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board and an attorney with Ropes and Gray in Boston. A graduate of Boston College Law School, Mr. Perea has written and lectured extensively about race and immigration and has testified in Congress against English only legislation.

Closing Quote
"America is woven of many strands. I would recognize them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description."

— writer Ralph Ellison

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