Pahrump, Nevada passes English-only law

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    [1]Nov 15, 2006
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    Pahrump, Nevada is a funny place in reality, too! Check out this Yahoo news story I just found...


    Nevada town passes English-only law







    Wed Nov 15, 5:51 PM ET






    PAHRUMP, Nev. - 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."


    Lee Rowland, an  


    American Civil Liberties Union staff lawyer from Las Vegas, told the board the ordinance would invite an expensive lawsuit challenging its constitutionally.

     

    "If you pass an ordinance that is blatantly in violation of the First Amendment, this town will be on the hook," Rowland said.


    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.


    Pahrump, with 33,241 residents, is 60 miles west of Las Vegas.

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