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History

U.S.ENGLISH, Inc. is the nation's oldest, largest citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States. Founded in 1983 by the late Senator S.I. Hayakawa, an immigrant himself, U.S. English now has 1.8 million members nationwide.

Mauro E. Mujica, an architect and international businessman as well as an immigrant from Chile, has been the Chairman/CEO of U.S.ENGLISH Inc. since 1993 and prior to that, served on the Board of Directors beginning in 1992. Because of his commitment to keeping this nation unified through a common language and his own experience as an immigrant, Mr. Mujica has succeeded in making U.S.ENGLISH Inc. one of the fastest-growing interest groups in the country.

U.S.ENGLISH believes that the passage of English as the official language will help to expand opportunities for immigrants to learn and speak English, the single greatest empowering tool that immigrants must have to succeed.

Currently, U.S.ENGLISH is working with members of the House of Representatives and Senate to help pass official English legislation in the 113th Congress. H.R. 997, the English Language Unity Act, was introduced by Rep. Steve King (R-IA); its companion bill in the Senate, S. 464, was introduced by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK). In 1996 U.S.ENGLISH was instrumental in helping to pass "The Bill Emerson English Language Empowerment Act of 1996" in the House of Representatives. This bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 259-169, with 36 Democrats joining Republicans in this historic vote. Unfortunately, the Senate failed to act on the bill before the session was over.

On the state level, 31 states have English as their official language and several more are considering similar legislation. Since 2006, Arizona, Idaho and Kansas have enacted official English legislation with the help of U.S.ENGLISH.

U.S.ENGLISH, Inc. is a separate organization from the U.S.ENGLISH Foundation, which promotes English education and public awareness of issues surrounding our common language.


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