There have been attempts at a constitutional amendment to make English the official language of the United States. Either way, I really don't mind the Spanish speaking members here, though the idea of a mandatory language doesn't really seem necessary. Sure, the Constitution states that Congress shall have the power to make rules concerning the naturalization process, and that power could potentially mandate that immigrants learn at least a specified amount of English within, say, one year of immigration.
Either way, my family shares some of the same aspects as yours. My great-great-great grandparents, Johann and Magdalena came to Texas in 1860 in order to escape the problems in their native Austria-Hungry. They had a farm somewhere around High Hill and had 13 children (with one who died in childbirth). Looking through some census records, they were fluent in German, of course, but they also spoke English. The language was passed on to at least one of their children, Joseph, and his son, Paul. According to one of Paul's surviving children, my great-aunt Margret, Paul and his wife Viola spoke German among themselves and English with their children. The tradition of speaking German broke off for the next two generations, but I picked it up back in high-school and I still yearn for learning.
In der Freiheiet!
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