Cruz to call for Spanish as official language of Pennsylvania, United States

HARRISBURG, Sept. 22 – Citing the growing worldwide Hispanic population, state Rep. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., will introduce resolutions calling for Spanish to be designated as the official language of Pennsylvania and urging Congress to designate it as the official language of the United States.

"As the Hispanic population continues to grow, it is essential that we are prepared to properly communicate throughout this local and national demographic transformation," Cruz said. "The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the nation’s Hispanic population will reach 132.8 million within the next 30 years and constitute 30 percent of the overall population of the United States. Pennsylvania needs to be progressive and forward-thinking in how we deal with this change and instituting Spanish as our state’s official language will put us well ahead of the curve."

Currently, Latinos are the largest minority ethnic group in the United States, with more than 838,000 residing in Pennsylvania.