How we can continue as one nation indivisible

Tuesday, July 3, 2001 at 1:00am

Despite ethnic differences, people seeking a life free from repression have come to the United States for centuries, determined to build a unified place better than the old world.

They learned to speak English, to communicate and to demonstrate they belonged to this nation, just like the founders. The use of a universal language prevented alienation and disenfranchisement and allowed new arrivals to feel as fully American as anyone else. Learning English encouraged them to participate fully in civic opportunities, and boosted their trust and faith in this nation, which would not have been such a melting pot if a common language had not facilitated assimilation.

Today the English language is even more important in maintaining the strength of our union and to keep America as one nation indivisible. With recent challenges brought about by issues such as driver

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