Nevada Town Passes English-Only Law

AP, Nov. 15, 2006

A town board in southern Nevada has adopted an ordinance declaring English the official language, restricting the display of foreign flags and denying town benefits to illegal immigrants.

A 3-2 Town Board vote drew a standing ovation and cheers late Tuesday from many of the 250 people at the meeting.

Town Manager David Richards called the ordinance a statement that “everyone should speak English, and if you are going to move here then you ought to respect the American flag and fly it in prominence.”

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Many said not much will change with the ordinance’s adoption.

Town business is already conducted in English and the town has no real “benefits” to take away because public aid is administered by the state or the county, officials said. The flag measure requires an American flag to be displayed at least as prominently as a foreign flag.

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