Howard County Council Candidates on Immigration

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

District 1

Liz Walsh (D)

Ms. Walsh has not replied to our questionnaire.

RAJ KATHURIA (R)

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.


District 2

OPEL JONES (D)

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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John Liao (R)

Mr. Liao has not replied to our questionnaire.


District 3

CHRISTIANA RIGBY (D)

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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…

Ms. Rigby is running unopposed.


District 4

DEB JUNG (D)

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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…

LISA KIM (R)

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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.

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District 5

CHINA WILLIAMS (D)

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

David Yungmann (R)

Do you think all Howard County departments should have a written, public policy on staff interactions with immigrants? 

Yes, the county should have written policies to guide staff interactions with all county citizens including immigrants.  

If so, which languages would be your first priority for translating the documents? 

None.  They are policies to guide and instruct staff not the public.

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