ARLINGTON, Va., May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ProEnglish, the nation's leading official English advocacy group, announced today it is launching a radio ad campaign in South Carolina to expose the fact that contrary to Sen. Lindsey Graham's repeated claims, the comprehensive immigration bill he and the members of the "Gang of Eight" recently introduced in the Senate has no requirement that illegal immigrants learn English.
"The promise that Senator Graham made on repeated occasions to South Carolina voters to the effect 'Don't worry, they'll have to learn English,' is a lie," said ProEnglish Executive Director, Bob Vandervoort.
"There is nothing in Sen. Graham's immigration bill that requires illegal immigrants to demonstrate any knowledge of English to qualify for amnesty, or to retain their legal status throughout their entire lives," said Vandervoort. "They only have to demonstrate knowledge of English if they decide to apply for an immigrant visa ("Green Card") after living here ten years. And even then all they have to show is that they have enrolled in an English-as-a-second-language (ESL) class," he said.
"For at least ten years and perhaps for their entire lives, this huge new group of predominantly non-English speaking, former illegal immigrants will create a huge new demand for costly government services in their native language, further exacerbating the dangerous and growing division of the United States into separate cultural and linguistic communities," Vandervoort added. "This would be an unprecedented calamity for our nation's unity," he said.
In the hard-hitting ad an interpreter translates for an illegal immigrant who thanks Senator Graham for not requiring him to learn English in exchange for amnesty.
Note: Radio ad text and audio is available at www.proenglish.org
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