Maryland community airs views on official English proposal

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 12, 2012 10:46 AM

(Westminster, Md.) -- A proposal to make English the official language of Carroll County, just south of the Mason-Dixon line, is headed for a vote after a public hearing.

The proposal in the Maryland community drew more jeers than applause at a public hearing yesterday. Most of the approximately 50 people who spoke at the meeting were against it.

The commissioners could vote by the end of month on the proposal. If approved, Carroll would join Frederick and Queen Anne's counties in adopting similar policies.

Proponents say the measure would send a message that illegal immigrants aren't welcome in the county. Opponents say it's an unnecessary law that would make even legal immigrants feel unwelcome.

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