Rick Santorum Requires Puerto Ricans to Speak English To Become A State

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Rick Santorum makes an excellent point when telling Puerto Rico if they want statehood, speak English. While the United States is a melting pot of cultural diversity, should your primary language being English be a requirement to be a part of the country? The Constitution doesn’t dictate an official language, not that Congress hasn’t tried, or say that a territory is required to make English its primary language. However, some states, like Florida, have passed their own law declaring English the official language.

Rick Santorum by Gage SkidmoreIn November, Puerto Ricans are expected to vote on whether they want to pursue statehood or stay a self-governing US commonwealth. If they even want the option to become a state, Rick Santorum said, “Like any other state, there has to be compliance with this and any other federal law, and that is that English has to be the principal language. There are other states with more than one language such as Hawaii, but to be a state of the United States, English has to be the principal language.”

Puerto Ricans, who are allowed to vote in partisan primaries but not presidential elections, are none too happy with Mr. Santorum’s comments. They maintain that issues of language and culture should be decided on the state, not the federal level. Presently, they list both English and Spanish as their primary languages.

Rick Santorum will be visiting on Friday and staying for the weekend. Do you think he will receive a warm welcome? After his wins in Kansas, Alabama, and Mississippi this week, he does seem to be on a bit of a hot streak. Will it be enough to win the presidential race? And even if it is, can he beat Barack Obama?

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