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The battle over English as our country's official language took an interesting turn recently in New York City.

The battle over English as our country's official language took an interesting turn recently in New York City.

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a citywide order requiring agencies to provide assistance and translation in Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, Italian and French Creole. Bloomberg said the 1.8 million New Yorkers who struggle with speaking English should be able to interact more easily with government. The mayor says, "No other place on earth can claim such incredible diversity - it is New York City's greatest historic strength - but it can also create significant challenges."

Immigrant advocates applaud the move, while others continue to say those who live in the United States should learn to speak English.

What do you think? Did Bloomberg do the right thing, should other cities and states follow suit, or should there be an order that people speak English to receive government services?

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