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Video: Rick Santorum’s Puerto Rico Interview – Did He Say English is a Requirement?

Posted by FactReal on March 17, 2012

Did Santorum say that Puerto Rico must make English its official language before it could become the 51st state? We know Congress and several Administrations have favored English for Puerto Rico’s statehood. In January 2012, Romney said he supported English as official language for the United States. But Santorum is being demonized and mocked.

Watch the videos where Santorum explains his position:

Rick Santorum Interview with the Newspaper El Vocero in Puerto Rico
(March 14 2012)

Other video source: here.
Santorum’s Interview with Newspaper El Nuevo Dia in Puerto Rico
PRECEDENT: ENGLISH REQUIREMENT FOR STATEHOOD
The Blaze made this interesting point: (Caveat: Wikipedia links)

“Although (there is) no federal law requiring English the official language, when Louisiana was brought into the country, the government said you need to adopt English as your official language.”

…[T]he Louisiana Enabling Act, which says that “the laws which such state may pass shall be promulgated and its records of every description shall be preserved, and its judicial and legislative written proceedings conducted in the language in which the laws and the judicial and legislative written proceedings of the United States are now published and conducted.”

[A] similar act passed prior to Oklahoma’s achievement of statehood, which required public schools with classes taught in English…

SOME U.S. STATES HAVE LAWS DECLARING ENGLISH THEIR OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
E.g.: English is the official language of Florida
Source: The Florida Constitution (ARTICLE II, SECTION 9):

(a) English is the official language of the State of Florida.
(b) The legislature shall have the power to enforce this section by appropriate legislation.
History.—Proposed by Initiative Petition filed with the Secretary of State August 8, 1988; adopted 1988.”

ENGLISH & SPANISH ARE THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES OF PUERTO RICO
The NY Times reported in 1993:

Puerto Rico Elevates English

Published: January 29, 1993

Gov. Pedro Rossello today signed into law a bill that gives English equal status with Spanish as an official language of this American territory. “Now we have two hymns, two flags, two languages,” Mr. Rossello, a statehood advocate, declared to hundreds of cheering supporters at a signing ceremony in this western San Juan suburb. He dismissed as “a rhetorical storm” the arguments of critics who had sought to safeguard Spanish’s 21-month-old status as the island’s sole official language.

RELATED
Congress, White House Favor English for Puerto Rico Statehood; but Santorum is Demonized
Romney Supported English as Official Language (2012 Video)

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