“We have room for but one language in this country and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house.” (Theodore Roosevelt, 1919)
What policies in the U.S. Help non-English speakers is the absence of a policy that will make English their official language. The English-Only or the Official English Movement is a political movement seeking to have the English language as the official language in the United States. In this statement what President Roosevelt says is a deep and futuristic realization that if the country does not choose to make English the official language, the country would look like a boarding house of people from different places, not being able to understand each other as they are bound to use their native language and to choose to use the same despite the knowledge on English. The advocates of the English-Only Movement contend that the government of the United States must accept that the country has been a place where people from around the world would want to settle in. It is believed to be the promise land of milk and honey. The land of opportunities and abundance for millions of Chinese nationals, Spanish nationals, Japanese nationals, German nationals, Australian nationals, Filipino nationals, British nationals, Russian nationals, and many more. But as the government that oversees the country as a whole and sees the entire picture of a population of different colors and tongues, it must always gear towards uniting its nation.