Mr. Santorum and English-language policy in Puerto Rico

Mr. Santorum, campaigning in Puerto Rico this last week, said that he’d love for Puerto Rico to become a state, but that they’d have to implement an English language policy if they did.

Here’s a bit from the NY Times story:

…if Puerto Rico opted to become a state, it would have to make English its primary language.

“Like any other state, there has to be compliance with this and any other federal law,” he told the newspaper El Vocero.

His remarks drew immediate criticism, and prompted one delegate who had been pledged to him to quit, saying he was offended. There is no rule in the Constitution requiring the adoption of English for the admittance of new states, and the United States does not have an official language.

Mr. Santorum, like many American citizens, appears to think that the US has English as an official language.

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