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English-Only Proposal in Alabama a Web Sensation

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An "English-only" ad in the Alabama governor's race has drawn the state into the national debate over immigration.

The ad by businessman and gubernatorial candidate Tim James has been viewed more than 500,000 times on YouTube. In it, James says the state should give its driver's license exam in English only and drop the 12 other languages now being used. He says, "This is Alabama. We speak English. If you want to live here, learn it."

Some of James' opponents say he could reverse years of Alabama recruiting foreign manufacturers, including carmakers from Germany, Japan and South Korea.

The ad comes as Congress debates immigration reform and activists try to stop an Arizona law that makes being in the state without legal immigration status a crime.

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