New White House Policy Promotes Ethnic Separation—Congress Should Reject It

The Obama Administration last week unveiled new federal policy recommendations that instruct states to support and encourage children to retain separate languages and cultural attachments. The policy was included in a joint policy statement by the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services (HHS). The Administration stresses that these are mere recommendations that “do not confer any legal obligations,” but notes that failure to implement them may result in the loss of federal dollars.

The administration’s recommendation risks deepening cleavages in American society by perpetuating cultural splits. Its proposed action would not help promote the linguistic skill most highly correlated with success and assimilation in the U.S.: English-language proficiency.

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