Legislation will protect employers from government harassment

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By Congressman Virgil Goode

Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives to ensure that an employer may require employees to speak English in the workplace. I am one of the sponsors of H. R. 4464.

The bill is known as the “Common Sense English Act,” and it contains excellent points in it findings. These findings note that throughout the history of the United States, English has been the common thread to unify the American people much as they are united under one flag. Further, it has been found that Americans overwhelmingly believe that it is very important for persons living in the United States to speak and understand English. In addition, polls show that there is vast support among the American people to allow a company to require its employees to speak English while on the job.

This bill was prompted by last year’s action by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC sued the Salvation Army for implementing an “English in the Workplace” policy which gives employees a year to learn English. And, it has been found that when a group of employees speaks a language other than English in the workplace, it may cause misunderstandings, create dangerous circumstances and undermine morale.

Another bill that I am co-sponsoring is H. R. 4987, which would require construction of fencing and security improvements in the border area from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. The bill is called the “Fence By Date Certain Act.”

The bill would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to ensure construction of at least two layers of reinforced fencing and the installation of additional physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras and sensors.

In addition, I am among the members of Congress who have signed the “Fence By Date Certain Pledge.” By signing, I pledge to vote in support of building the 700-mile double-layered fence. This emphasis on building the fence recognizes that America’s national sovereignty is under threat from the number of illegal aliens entering the U. S. each year; these illegals include drug smugglers, sex traffickers and possible terrorists.

The pledge asserts that in voting for building the fence, I also support a mandate that construction of the fence will be completed no later than six months after the 111th Congress convenes in January of 2009.

Please keep in touch with me on issues that are important to you. You may write Congressman Virgil Goode, 70 East Court Street, Room 215, Rocky Mount, VA 24151; or fax to 1-540-484-1459; or call toll-free to the Danville office, 1-800-535-4008.