"This bill is divisive — it's about tearing Michiganders apart with 'us vs. them' tactics to divide us from coming together to challenge the power of corporate elites who have called the shots in our economy and our politics for too long. But we Michiganders are bigger than this.
When my parents immigrated to Michigan from Egypt, they found a welcoming state — a place that didn't discriminate against them for their native tongue. They found a state that embraced them for who they were, welcomed them into our state's fabric, and gave their children opportunities.
Today, the GOP-led State House just told people like my parents that they are less welcome in our state by voting to limit our official language to just one language. Michigan is big enough to include any and all languages spoken by Michiganders. After all, the first Michiganders — from whose language our state takes its name — never spoke English.
We are and will always be bigger than those who choose to limit us. And when we cross petty divides and come together over our shared future, we can build the kind of state that we want for all our children."
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