Frederick Co. Makes English Official Language

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WJZ)– A new law is on the books declaring English the official language of Frederick County.

Alex DeMetrick reports although it doesn’t really change anything, it’s what the law symbolizes that has people talking.

Frederick County’s new law took effect Wednesday.

“Declaring English the official language, I don’t see what the big deal is,” Frederick County Commission Chairman Blaine Young said.

But the only county commissioner to vote against it does see something.

“The chairman wanted to scare illegal immigrants from coming here,” Frederick County Commissioner David Gray said.

“We do not look at illegal aliens, illegal immigrants as the rest of the state does, in terms of some of our major metropolitan areas,” Young said.

But Young says the language law is not about scaring away all non-English speaking people.

“Frederick County has been very attractive to our hard-working, law-abiding immigrants. We welcome them,” he said.

“We’re not like, people would say, xenophobic. We’re just not built that way, and this sends a message as if we are, and I don’t want to be associated with that,” Gray said.

The county ordinance does not trump state or federal law, meaning those documents or proceedings may be in more than just English.

“I don’t see how it’s really going to make any difference,” a Frederick County resident said.

“We’re all Americans, I think it should be English,” said another.

The English ordinance is generating plenty of talk.

“English is a beautiful language for the American people, but it’s very good to be integrated, different diversities of people and different languages,” Ernest Thomas, Jr., a Frederick County resident, said.

“I like it when I can converse with people in the language I know, and yet this country was built on immigrants,” another Frederick County resident, Fanny Johnson, said.

The English ordinance would not stop county agencies from using a foreign language in education, public health and emergency services.

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  • Jeff

    It seems like a huge waste of time and money. Not just in physically adding the law to the books but getting to the point where it was passed to become law. It all requires money spent in some way or another and time. If it does nothing and changes nothing, what’s the point.

  • Ricci Adams

    God Bless Frdrick County for having a vernacular. For without one, the US will fall like Rome

  • Wiseguy

    …….this is just another shining example of what the idiot elected democratic officials in the state of Maryland are working on………….another reason to leave this state.

  • Ed W

    Hey Wiseguy, I’ll help you pack!

  • Bonnie

    I agree with Frederick County, after all isn’t English the official language of the US? Or is it no longer politically correct to say that?

  • Working Poor

    @Bonnie — The U.S. has no official language, that’s why individual local and state governments have to pass these laws if they feel strongly enough about it. Go through the thousands of pages of U.S. law and there is no mention of what language is official.

    @Wiseguy — Nice try at poking fun of the Dem’s, but generally laws like this are sponsored by the GOP.

  • Shannon

    My feeling is-if you want to live here in the USA…..learn the language….we’ll ALL be speaking Spanish in a few years…
    Sorry, people need to speak English FIRST….
    Just my opinion….

  • Delaware Bob

    This is good news. If Maryland would pass a state Illegal Immigration Law to free the state of all the illegal aliens, that would be better news.

  • wiseup

    we have enough legal parasites living off my tax $$$$ ..we don’t any illegals….I’ve had it with paying for Pancho and his 10 kids education, medical care etc………when in doubt call ICE

  • chetta-ketta

    Not Baltimore, the offical language of that rat hole is Ebonics!

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