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New law would make English official language of the U.S.

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- English could become the official language of the U.S. if Senator Inhofe gets his way.

The senator says the new law would help our nation move forward as one, with everyone being able to communicate with one another.

Critics say that's already happening.

"I think he finally gave up on climate change, and so now, maybe he needs another issue," Giovanni Perry, an immigration lawyer says.

Perry thinks Inhofe's English Language Unity Act is useless.

"I think it really is unnecessary; English is already the language of the court and our government," Perry said.

In a news release, Inhofe said the bill "will help set legal immigrants on a path to success as they integrate and work towards becoming citizens."

Perry says people interested in becoming citizens already follow that.

"They must speak English, pass a test, written and read in order to be naturalized," Perry said.

Other critics bring up Native American dialects.

"To us, English is a foreign language, I've taken Cherokee at OU in an effort to recover that," Scott Starr's, a Native American Studies student says.

Starr's ancestors were major players in Native American culture.

"It's not like the Cherokee nation can do business with the state or the nation in Cherokee anyways," Starr said.

"You really are in danger of affecting and killing off a culture and heritage that's important to preserve, so it's very dangerous what he's doing," Perry said.

Inhofe says the "legislation will strengthen the cords of unity that comes from sharing one vision and one official language."

"We all need to breathe air to stay alive, so are we going to pass a law that says we need to breathe air to stay alive?" Perry asked.

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