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U.S. English consists of both a 501(c)(3) private foundation (U.S. English Foundation Inc.) and a 501(c)(4) lobbying and advocacy organization (U.S. English Inc.) dedicated to making English the official language of the United States through amendments made to the US constitution and harnessing support from Congress. It was founded by anti-immigration activist John Tanton and Senator S. I. Hayakawa in 1983. According to its website, U.S. English "is the nation's oldest, largest citizens' action group dedicated to preserving the unifying role of the English language in the United States."[1] The group opposes transitional bilingual education.[2]

In 2011, the U.S. English Foundation Inc. reported $317,788 in total revenue, $469,293 in total expenses, and a deficit of -$48,945 in net assets;[3] and U.S. English Inc. reported $2,489,361 in total revenue, $2,697,236 in total expenses, and a deficit of -$107,421 in net assets.[4] Both were signed by Mauro E. Mujica, Chairman/CEO. Mujica reportedly received a combined salary from the two groups of $414,486.[3]

Ties to the Anti-Immigration Tanton Network

Since U.S. English was founded in part by John Tanton, it is part of the so-called John Tanton Network, a group of anti-immigration organizations like the Federation for American Immigration Reform and Center for Immigration Studies.

Tanton Warns U.S. English Staff of Coming "Latin Onslaught"

In 1988, a set of internal memoranda from John Tanton to staff at the Federation for American Immigration Reform and U.S. English was leaked to the press. In them, Tanton warned of a coming "Latin onslaught," questioned whether Latinos were as "educable" as others, and worried that Latinos were outbreeding whites.[5]

Lobbying

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, U.S. English Inc. (the lobbying group) reported $1,749,000 in federal lobbying expenditures for 2011, $2,394,000 for 2010, and $2,430 for 2009. The sole lobbying issue in each year was immigration.[6] In 2012, the group hired lobbyist Nelson C. Garcia, Jr.,[7] who has a "revolving door profile" on OpenSecrets.org because he has lobbied for the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, the Automotive Recyclers Association, the Intelligent Transport Society of America, and the Alliance of American Insurers, as well as being legislative director for U.S. Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA) and U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), and legislative assistant to former U.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA).[8]

Finances

In 2011, the U.S. English Foundation Inc. reported $317,788 in total revenue, $469,293 in total expenses, and a deficit of -$48,945 in net assets;[3] and U.S. English Inc. reported $2,489,361 in total revenue, $2,697,236 in total expenses, and a deficit of -$107,421 in net assets.[4] Both were signed by Mauro E. Mujica, Chairman/CEO. Mujica reportedly received a combined salary from the two groups of $414,486.[3]

Funders

According to a review of publicly available filings with the Internal Revenue Service and Federal Election Commission, as well as state-level data from a variety of sources, by Bridge Project, U.S. English Foundation (the 501(c)(3) private foundation arm of U.S. English) received the following grants from private foundations between 1998 and 2011:[9]

Personnel

Advisory Board

As of June 2013:[10]

  • Mauro E. Mujica, Chairman and CEO (salary of over $400,000 a year)
  • Edward A. Capano
  • Denton Cooley, M.D.
  • Midge Decter
  • Jorge Delgado
  • Dinesh Desai
  • Mrs. Richard DeVos
  • George Gilder
  • Nathan Glazer, Ph.D.
  • Charles Gogolak
  • Lee Majors
  • Laura McKenzie
  • Harvey Meyerhoff
  • Barbara Mujica, Ph.D.
  • Alex Olmedo
  • Arnold Palmer
  • Roger K. Petersen
  • Norman Podhoretz
  • Randolph Rowland
  • James Schlesinger
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Norman D. Shumway
  • Alex Trebek
  • Alan D. Weinberger
  • Roger Wildermuth
  • George W. Wilson
  • Werner P. Wolf, D.Phil.

Contact Details

Web: http://www.us-english.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USEnglishInc
Twitter: https://twitter.com/USEnglishInc

Mailing Address:
2000 L Street NW, Suite 702
Washington, DC 20036

Telephone: (202) 833-0100
Fax: (202) 833-0108
Email: info AT usenglish.org

Resources and Articles

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External Articles

References

  1. U.S. English, "About U.S. English," organizational website, accessed June 10, 2013.
  2. Doug Brugge, "The Anti-Immigration Backlash," Public Eye, accessed June 10, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 U.S. English Foundation, Inc., 2011 Form 990, foundation's annual IRS filing, November 8, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 U.S. English Inc., 2011 Form 990, organizational annual IRS filing, November 15, 2012.
  5. Southern Poverty Law Center, NumbersUSA: The Grassroots Organizer, The Nativist Lobby: Three Faces of Intolerance, organizational report, February 2009.
  6. Center for Responsive Politics, Lobbying: US English Inc, OpenSecrets.org lobbying database, accessed June 2013.
  7. Center for Responsive Politics, Lobbyists representing US English Inc 2012, OpenSecrets.org lobbying database, accessed June 2013.
  8. Center for Responsive Politics, Revolving Profile for Garcia, Nelson C Jr, OpenSecrets.org lobbying database, accessed June 2013.
  9. American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, Recipient: U.S. English Foundation, Bridge Project organizational website, accessed June 2013.
  10. U.S. English, "U.S. English Advisory Board", organizational website, accessed June 2013
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