Congressman Serrano Blasts White House Taking Down Spanish Website
Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman José E. Serrano today denounced the Trump Administration’s decision to take down the White House’s Spanish language website and to ignore the existing Spanish-language twitter account. The web page was taken down after Trump took office on Friday. In addition, a related twitter account, @LaCasaBlanca has not been used since that time. Although the White House Press Secretary vaguely indicated today that they intend to “build out the website,” no time frame was given for returning Spanish language access to Whitehouse.gov.
“The Trump Administration’s decision to take down its Spanish website without an adequate replacement available is extremely disturbing. It shows once again President Trump and his Administration’s lack of regard for the Hispanic community. I also sincerely hope this isn’t a sign that President Trump intends to go back to Republican’s ‘English Only’ policies of the 1990’s. Hispanics represent too large a segment of our population and future and simply can’t be ignored. Their needs and concerns need to be addressed. We are a diverse, multi-lingual country – and our nation’s government should continue to reflect that fact.”
Congressman Serrano previously introduced the English-Plus resolution, which reaffirms the importance of multilingualism in the United States and the need to provide essential information and services in languages other than English. Serrano has also long opposed English-Only efforts, having resisted previous efforts in both the New York State Assembly and in Congress.