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|May 7, 2001|
to Overturn Clinton's Midnight Order and Regs
Phyllis Schlafly, president of Eagle Forum, issued this statement today:
On April 24, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down one of its most important decisions: Alexander v. Sandoval. The Supreme Court held that there is no civil right to force our government to use languages other than English.
One of Bill Clinton's most outrageous "midnight" actions was his Executive Order 13166 unconstitutionally trying to make not speaking English a new civil right. He ordered all executive-branch agencies to provide all federal benefits and services in foreign languages. Four days before Clinton left office, Attorney General Janet Reno published 15 pages of "Guidance" in the Federal Register, and the other executive departments then did likewise.
The Clinton holdovers in the Department of Health & Human Services are right now trying to force doctors to hire translators to accommodate non-English-speaking Medicare or Medicaid patients who might walk into their offices. EEOC is harassing small businesses that want their employees to speak English to customers. The U.S. House is about to vote more hundreds of millions of dollars for the fraud called Bilingual Education.
Clinton's Executive Order and Reno's regulation were based on the lower court decisions in this case. Now, those lower court decisions have been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court! This gives us the opportunity to reverse Clinton/Reno mischief.
The Supreme Court held that no individual has the right to sue to force a government entity to provide services in a language other than English. Everyone is free to speak the language of his or her choice, of course; but non-English speakers cannot force the government to accommodate them, even if laws requiring governmental use of English have a "disparate impact" on certain groups.
This gives us the biggest opportunity we've had in years to do something constructive for America. All efforts to require federal and state governments and schools to provide services in foreign languages, such as driver's license tests (which was the particular issue in the Sandoval case), can be stopped immediately.
The English language is the most important tie that binds us together as a nation. The English language is essential to public support for our U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence. So many terms essential to the American system cannot be precisely translated into other languages such as Rule of Law, federalism, separation of powers, due process, conservative, limited government, state's rights, individual liberty, and free market.
If pressure groups can push America toward multiple official languages, they can rewrite our Constitution and other laws with enormous mischief in translation.
This Supreme Court decision in Sandoval gives us the opportunity to take a strong stand against the spending of our tax dollars to promote languages other than English. For example:
For further information, see the Phyllis Schlafly Report, May 2001. Copies available at 1-800-726-8096.