Peter Lee Published on 17 December 2012
Category: English in the News
The U.S. Census forecasts the population of the U.S. will grow by more than 100 million by the year 2060, and analysts say much of that growth will be from “family chain migration,” which is family members following after one member when he or she makes the move.
“Family chain migration is what is going to be bringing about this demographic changes. We, the American people are no longer in control of our immigration policy … all on autopilot,” [Ira Mehlman, of Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform] said.
His comments followed a report from the Census Bureau that the population of the United States is expected to be some 400 million and it will be a “pluralistic” nation in another 50 years.
Robert Vandervoort, the executive director of ProEnglish, a non-profit organization based in Arlington, Va., that advocates for making English the official language of the United States, is worried about the changing demographics and how it will affect national unity.
“If you look to our neighbors to the north, Quebec is separated from the rest of English-speaking Canada and this is a massive source of tension,” he said.
He advocates as a means to help facilitate integration and therefore ease any social tensions that “it is crucial that we adopt an official language for the country. Having a common language is what brings us all together.”
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