Clinton Mandates Multilingual U.S.

Clinton Mandates Multilingual U.S.
October 1, 2000



In an exclusive August 24 WorldNetDaily story, John E. Dougherty reported that President Bill Clinton signed an Executive Order on August 11 mandating that federal agencies provide "programs and activities normally provided in English" to non-English-speaking residents.

Non-compliance with the order, EO 13166, would place an agency in violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. That effectively establishes the inability to speak English as a "protected civil right," said Jim Boulet, executive director of English First.

Agencies have four months to submit their plans for compliance to the Justice Department.

Boulet told Dougherty that mere written translation of pamphlets and other documents from English into other languages is unlikely to be sufficient to satisfy the order. Provision must be made, he said, for oral communication between recipients and beneficiaries.


For more information . . .

The full text of Executive Order 13166, “Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency,” is available on the Internet at http://www.pub.whitehouse.gov/uri-res/I2R?urn:pdi://oma.eop.gov.us/2000/8/11/2.text.2