[lg policy] English Should Be Official Language, Santorum Says

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 6 15:16:42 UTC 2012

English Should Be Official Language, Santorum Says
By Lesli Maxwell on January 4, 2012 1:00 PM

Rick Santorum, the ultra-conservative former U.S. senator from
Pennsylvania, made a strong showing in Iowa's caucuses yesterday,
finishing a mere eight votes behind winner Mitt Romney.

He'll be riding his momentum now to other early primary states such as
New Hampshire and South Carolina, where he may have a harder time
selling his viability as a nominee who could beat President Obama.
Still, given his strong position coming out of Iowa, I wanted to
highlight his public statements and his record on issues germane to
English-learners and immigrant students.

Campaign 2012

In some of the GOP debates last fall, Santorum said English should be
the national language of the U.S., a stance that got more attention
when Republican rivals Newt Gingrich and Michelle Bachmann expressed
it. Santorum—whose father was a first-generation immigrant from
Italy—believes all immigrants should learn English. He does not favor
bilingual education.

And he roundly opposes the federal DREAM Act legislation that would
give undocumented immigrants who have grown up in the U.S. a path to
citizenship if they earn a college degree or serve in the military.
Likewise, He's a fierce critic of state-level DREAM acts, like those
in Texas and California, where undocumented students who have grown up
in the states and graduated from their high schools, are granted
in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.

The former senator is also a long-time ally of U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta,
who gained national attention while he was mayor of Hazleton, Penn.,
for his aggressive, local ordinances to crack down on businesses and
employers who hired undocumented immigrants.


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