A few posts ago I pulled out all the amendments related to English proficiency offered to the Senate immigration bill, and I’ve been focusing on the one that I think has the most liklihood of passage: the amendment submitted by Sen. Rubio discussed here.
Here’s a new one: Sen. Fischer (R-NE) has introduced what she is referring to as an “assimilation amendment” that would require undocumented immigrants to demonstrate English language proficiency prior to even registering for provisional status. In other words, an undocumented immigrant who could not demonstrate English proficiency would not be allowed to attain legal status of any kind at all. Here is the text of the amendment.
I think this has a low likelihood of passage, but that doesn’t mean, if you are concerned about it, that you shouldn’t contact your Senator. Helpfully, TESOL has just issued an alert on both the Rubio and Fischer amendments:
I’ve scanned the amendments submitted thus far to the Senate immigration bill (S.744) and found at least
four five that pertain to English proficiency:
S.A. 1204, introduced by Sen. Inhofe (R-OK)
AKA the “English Language Unity Act of 2013’’. Would declare English the official language of the United States government.
S.A. 1205, introduced by Sen. Inhofe (R-OK)
Would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 so that it would be legal for an employer to “require employees to speak English while engaged in work.”
S.A. 1206, introduced by Sen. Inhofe (R-OK)
Would require each government agency, within 180 days of enactment, to provide a “Multilingual Services Expenses Report” that provides a summary and analysis of all multilingual services provided.
S.A. 1225, introduced by Sen. Rubio (R-FL)
Would remove the opportunity for immigrants applying for legal residency status to demonstrate that they are “satisfactorily pursuing a course of study, pursuant to standards established by the Secretary of Education, in consultation with the Secretary, to achieve an understanding of English and knowledge and understanding of the history and Government of the United States” at the level of proficiency now required for citizenship. Instead it would require that all immigrant achieve that level of proficiency prior to applying for a green card.
S.A. 1348, introduced by Sen. Fischer (R-NE)
Would insert an English language requirement as a prerequisite to registered provisional immigrant status. Essnetially, an undocumented immigrant who could not demonstrate English proficiency would not be allowed to attain legal status of any kind at all. h/t CLASP
Let me know if I missed anything!
UDPATE 6/20/13: I’m updating as I go. Just added the Fischer amendment (see above).