Homer Township, whose leaders admit has no illegal immigration problem, voted Monday night to declare English the official language for its 25,000 residents.
A month after the same resolution failed, all three trustees who turned up to the meeting voted to adopt a resolution that also supports current residency requirements for schools and upholds federal immigration laws, clerk Steve Balich said.
“Homer Township Board recognizes that there most likely (is) no serious problem with illegal immigration, in the township, but wants to make it policy to enforce the rule of law in Homer Township,” the resolution read.
The resolution acknowledges English to be “the dominant language of Homer Township.”
“It has nothing to do with race,” Balich said Tuesday. “It has to do with the law and whether or not a person is a legal immigrant.