As Donald Trump was sworn in, a number of elements of the White House website up and disappeared. Links on climate change, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration and the environment were gone and a link to the new First Lady’s QVC jewelry products popped up.
Another important change — the Spanish language option disappeared. Congressman Lou Correa is seeking to have that feature restored and has written to the President asking for that to happen.
Here’s the announcement from the Correa camp:
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Lou Correa requested the White House reinstate its Spanish website option. According to the US Census Bureau, Spanish is the first language of nearly half of his constituents. By removing the Spanish option from the White House website, President Trump has limited access to 38 million American’s who speak Spanish as their primary language including his constituents as well.
Here’s the letter:
Dear President Trump:
Congratulations on your inauguration to President of our great nation. I look forward to working with you to our success as elected officials. Our success will mean that our middle class will again grow and prosper.
Towards that goal, I write to bring to your attention a recent press report that stated that the official White House website has removed the Spanish language option. As you may know, there are many taxpayers whose first language is not English. In my district, many taxpayers’ first language is Spanish. They benefit tremendously from having Spanish language as an option to access government.
I believe that the more transparency that we can provide our taxpayers, the better for our country. It is vital for my constituents and all Americans to engage to in our political system, and as a government, we must include all voices. This is why I urge you to reinstate the Spanish option to ensure that more taxpayers have access to their government’s information in the language they choose to utilize at home and in their communities.
J. LUIS CORREA
Member of Congress