Dems blast push for English-only communication in Georgia

By R.J. RICO
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Some Georgia Republican lawmakers want to require the state government to communicate only in English. But Democrats say forcing immigrants to use English for things like the driver's license written exam would only hurt immigrants' efforts to contribute to the community.

A Senate committee last week approved GOP Sen. Joshua McKoon's proposal to amend Georgia's Constitution to make English the state's official language. It's now awaiting debate on the Senate floor.

Democrats have already held two news conferences to denounce the bill, which they call xenophobic and a "distraction" designed to drive conservative voters to the polls in November.

McKoon says the bill is not xenophobic, arguing that the immigrant population would actually be better served by being encouraged to adopt English faster.

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