Howard County Council Candidates on Immigration

The Immigration Team sent immigration questionnaires to 14 candidates for the Howard County Council. Below are the responses we have received.

JON WEINSTEIN

Jon Weinstein, Councilmember Indivisible Immigration Action Team

Howard County Council District 1 Candidate Questionnaire

  1. Do you think all Howard County departments should have a written, public policy on staff interactions with immigrants? If so, which languages would be your first priority for translating the documents?

I have worked closely with the Indivisible Immigration Action Team, FIRN, and the county government to clarify, document and communicate policies related to county personnel interactions with people in the immigrant community. As far as languages, clearly Spanish, Korean, Chinese (various dialects), Hindi and Irdu. FIRN reports that their clients speak over 70 different languages, so I’d defer to experts in the community to determine other frequently used languages.

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HIRUY HADGU

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Do you think all Howard County departments should have a written, public policy on staff interactions with immigrants? If so, which languages would be your first priority for translating the documents? 

Yes. I do. It should be crystal clear that any Howard County employee is prohibited from enforcing immigration law. The first languages that come to mind: Spanish, Hindi, most prevalent Chinese language in Howard County, and Korean…

STEVE HUNT

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Do you think all Howard County departments should have a written, public policy on staff interactions with immigrants? If so, which languages would your first priority for translating the documents? 

Any Howard County that has regular interactions with our immigrant communities should have a written public policy that details what those interactions are. This will provide certainty not only to the communities, but to the departmental staff as well. As far as languages for translations, each agency should prioritize that based on communities in which staff interact; however, I would think that Spanish, Korean and Chinese would be the best places to start, as they are the most common non-English languages spoken in the County…

LISA KIM

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After reviewing your website, it is clear you sent this to me by mistake.  I do not meet your criteria for endorsement.

Our mission is to cultivate and lift up a grassroots movement of local groups to defeat the Trump agenda, elect progressive leaders, and realize bold progressive policies.

 

 

DEB JUNG

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Do you think all Howard County Departments should have a written, public policy on staff interactions with immigrants? If so, which languages would be your first priority for translating documents?

Yes, I strongly believe that the Howard County Government should have a language access policy that would require departments, programs, and offices providing direct public services to offer equal access to persons with limited English proficiency (LEP). Such a policy should use federal and state LEP guidelines as minimal baselines and could use the program currently in effect in Montgomery County as a workable framework for developing a policy here. Adequate resources also need to be allocated for this effort. As a local government, we need to do business with a mindset of inclusion and with a goal of reaching as many of our residents as possible…

CHRISTIANA RIGBY

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Do you think all Howard County departments should have a written, public policy on staff interactions with immigrants? If so, which languages would be your first priority for translating the documents?

Yes, Howard County should have a written, public policy preventing staff from inquiring about immigration status in order to protect immigrants. While a policy would be a good step, a law would be better as policies can change at any time. To better aid residents who speak English as a second language the county should support document translation for Spanish, Korean, and Chinese languages. We should also work with tele-interpretation on an as-needed basis to go beyond documents and assist residents with their needs…

CHINA WILLIAMS

I support Howard County Chief of Police policy to cooperate with ICE only in criminal matters.

RAJ KATHURIA

Thank You for reaching out to Elect Raj Kathuria campaign. As a first generation legal migrant from India I am confused by your asks. After reviewing your website it is clear to me that you and your organization could never consider endorsing my campaign, this must be sent to me by mistake.

OPEL JONES

Do you think all Howard County departments should have a written, public policy on staff interactions with immigrants? If so, which languages would be your first priority for translating the documents?

Yes, all Howard County departments should have a written, public policy on staff interactions with immigrants. I would have priority in languages that are spoken by the highest percentage of Howard County citizens first, but eventually I would love to see a translation for any and every language that is spoken in Howard County.

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