SANCTUARY CITIES AND STATES
MARYLAND HAS ONE OR MORE CITIES OFFERING
Cumberland, Maryland (denied by Mayor 4/30/08)
Gaithersburg, Maryland - (Contested 5/13/08 - see mail from attorney at bottom of this page)
Takoma Park, Maryland
Legislature passes immigrant driver's license bill
By Julie Bykowicz | email@example.com, April 14, 2009
Illegal immigrants would be stripped of Maryland driver's licenses by 2015 under a last-minute legislative compromise that seeks to end the state's status as a haven for foreigners seeking government-backed credentials.
Adopted in the final moments of the 426th General Assembly session, the new policy was designed to bring the state into compliance with a federal security law known as the Real ID Act.
Immigrant schoolchild tally called illegal
By Kathleen Miller | The Associated Press, March 26, 2009
Illegal immigrants would be ineligible for new Maryland licenses, but those who already have them could continue to renew their identification, under a compromise bill endorsed by a House of Delegates committee Thursday.
Immigrant schoolchild tally called illegal
By Liz Bowie | firstname.lastname@example.org, March 24, 2009
The Frederick County Commissioners cannot require its school system to count the number of illegal immigrant children in its schools, according to a Maryland State Board of Education legal opinion issued Tuesday.
Iowa immigration raid felt in Pikesville stores - Major supplier of kosher meats had to cut production after worker arrests
By Jonathan Bor | Sun Reporter, June 6, 2008
At Baltimore's largest kosher grocery store, meat manager Chaim Fishman has learned to order twice as much poultry from his chief supplier as he used to. He knows that however much he orders, the company will ship half.
Three weeks after federal immigration agents raided the AgriProcessors slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, and detained almost half of its work force, Baltimore's kosher markets and caterers are finding ways to satisfy one of the nation's most dedicated clienteles.
Safety, not status, is focus - City police say immigration policy isn't their business
By Kelly Brewington for the Baltimore Sun, May 18, 2008
Every month for the past three years, Jeanne Velez has convened a Latino community meeting with the same assertion: Baltimore City police officers are not immigration agents.
The meetings, a partnership between Velez, a longtime activist in Baltimore's Hispanic community, and Southeast District commanders, serve to urge skittish new immigrants to shed their fear of the authorities, while educating them about public safety and victims' rights.
It's a vastly different approach from the new policy of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, which recently became the only law enforcement agency in Maryland to sign an agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to check immigration status when they make an arrest or respond to a call for service.
Montgomery County has a policy of checking the immigration status of people police arrest.
Sheriff Disputes Immigration Report
by Nicholas C. Stern for The Frederick News-Post, May 10, 2008
Federal immigration officials, as well as Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, dispute the findings of a recent report about the costs of a program to arrest and detain unauthorized immigrants.
They said the program is here to stay.
In a press conference Tuesday, CASA de Maryland, an immigration rights advocacy group, presented a report stating the program would cost the county $3.2 million per year and could increase racial profiling without reducing crime.
Kerry O'Brien, a senior manager of legal services for CASA, said the figure was derived from public information, and factored in the increased number of inmates, training and staffing costs for the sheriff's office, as well as the price of foster care resulting from deportation.
Mayor Says Cumberland Not a Sanctuary City...
WCBC, April 30, 2008
Although rumors persist that there is a growing number of illegal immigrants working and living in Cumberland with no apparent legal ramifications, Mayor Lee Fielder said this week that Cumberland is not a sanctuary city. A sanctuary city is a term given to a city in the United States that follows certain practices that protect illegal immigrants. The term generally applies to cities that do not allow municipal funds or resources to be used to enforce federal immigration laws, usually by not allowing police or municipal employees to inquire about ones immigration status. During this weeks city council meeting, city resident Herb Broll asked the mayor for the city’s official position when it comes to dealing with cases of illegal immigration…
Silver Spring jobs firm pleads guilty to immigration fraud
by Scott McCabe, The Examiner, April 26, 2008
SILVER SPRING, Md. (Map, News) - A Silver Spring employment company pleaded guilty to immigration fraud in a scheme to obtain green cards for illegal immigrants.
EBI Inc., which helped find U.S. jobs primarily for Korean and Chinese immigrants, admitted in federal court in Greenbelt that it submitted at least 25 falsified documents to the federal government to obtain visas for immigrant workers to work at U.S. companies.
As part of the agreement, the company will pay $800,000 in fines and forfeitures, prosecutors said.
The company charged the immigrants $30,000 to $50,000 for obtaining the visas, according to a plea agreement signed by company founder Charles Changham Yoo. The scheme lasted from at least from 1999 to 2004.
EBI conspired to submit falsified visa applications to the federal government through an program that allows an employer to sponsor an alien for employment if the employer cannot find qualified U.S. workers.
Maryland Gov. O’Malley Jails Immigration Reform Patriot
By Joe Guzzardi for VDARE, April 11, 2008
As richly rewarding as it was to witness New York Governor Eliot Spitzer’s collapse, another larger rat is still scurrying around.
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is even more passionately enamored with illegal immigrants and more contemptuous of patriotic Americans.
What’s brought O’Malley’s love affair with illegal aliens into the spotlight is the sad and curious case of Walter Abbott—a small businessman driven out of business by competitors who hired cheap labor immigrants. Abbot is now under home detention pending prosecution for an email protest he sent to O’Malley.
During the two years in which the governor’s office ignored Abbott’s pleas for economic justice, the state—with O’Malley’s blessing—indirectly funded day labor centers through its financial support of CASA de Maryland, a radical left-wing, pro-illegal alien advocacy organization.
Among the other subversive activities, CASA de Maryland instructs illegal aliens on how to skirt immigration law and thereby remain in the country to take jobs away from Americans. And it operates at least six day labor centers throughout Maryland.
Funding for CASA needed, officials say
By Jason Flanagan, The Examiner, April 2, 2008
BALTIMORE (Map, News) - Gov. Martin O’Malley and Baltimore City officials fired back Tuesday, saying funding of CASA de Maryland is a required duty of social service in the face of failing federal immigration laws.
“The question becomes: Are we going to allow a permanent underclass of individuals to exist in our state, or are we going to try to provide basic services for individuals to become fully productive members of our society?” said O’Malley spokesman Rick Abbruzzese in response to an Examiner special report on Casa de Maryland’s funding published Monday.
Immigration debate focuses on $2M in tax money going to aid group
By Jason Flanagan, The Examiner, March 31, 2008
BALTIMORE (Map, News) - Walter Abbott lost his house, his drywall company – twice – and now his freedom.
When he discovered Maryland funds pro-immigration group CASA de Maryland, he fired off an angry letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley containing a threat on the governor’s life.
“It was out of frustration,” Abbott said.
Now is he on home detention awaiting a trial. “[CASA] helps find them a job – an American’s job that they help take away. They took away my job,” said Abbott, 44, of Parkville.
Many people are furious that governments from the General Assembly to the city of Baltimore give millions of dollars to CASA de Maryland, which assists legal and illegal immigrants in finding work, social services and legal aid.
Bill would ban state sanctuary policies
By LAURA SCHWARTZMAN, Capital News Service, March 24, 2008
Some lawmakers want to withhold state aid from local governments with sanctuary policies that prohibit employees and police officers from asking someone's immigration status.
Delegate Warren Miller, R-Howard County, introduced a bill to ban sanctuary policies and require "local governments to fully comply with and support federal immigration law." Non-compliance could result in loss of some state aid for policing.
The bill is "an attempt to de-incentivize illegal immigration," Mr. Miller said.
Takoma Park and Baltimore have sanctuary policies in place, according to the Department of Legislative Services, which said Maryland law does not require county and municipal governments to assist the federal government with immigration enforcement.
Man Mad Over Immigration Threatens Maryland Gov. O'Malley, Held on $2 Million Bond
PARKVILLE, Md. — A man charged with threatening in an e-mail to kill Gov. Martin O'Malley because he blames him for problems with illegal immigrants will be confined to his Baltimore County home until his trial date, a prosecutor said Friday.
Home detention was ordered for Walter Abbott, 44, after a psychiatrist's evaluation determined he was not "a real and present danger" to O'Malley, said Deputy Assistant State's Attorney Robin Coffin.
Abbott was being held on $2 million bail.
"His release is really conditioned that he go into this home detention," said Coffin, who also noted that Abbott had to turn over a handgun to authorities.
Abbott, a construction worker, was arrested on Tuesday at his Parkville home, less than five hours after he sent an e-mail to the governor's official Web site threatening him with strangulation. Abbott included his name, address and phone number on the e-mail.
"He has sent several letters in the past with no response," the investigating office wrote in charging documents. "He felt sending this message would receive a response."
Abbott's wife, Linda, said her husband has been upset because he believes he has been losing work to illegal immigrants. Mrs. Abbott also said the couple recently came to Annapolis to testify on legislation on the issue.
Don’t use tax dollars to encourage illegal immigration
By Robert Fireovid, For the Gazette.Net, 3/20/08
SB 591 and HB 1236, which will reward illegal immigrants with in-state tuition breaks, would effectively use tax dollars to promote illegal immigration and make Maryland more of a magnet for illegal immigrants. To understand the magnitude of the taxpayer subsidies that these bills would provide to illegal immigrants at [the] University of Maryland, College Park, annual out-of-state tuition is $23,400 while in-state tuition is just $7,300.
Further, these bills reward illegal immigrants who have already enjoyed taxpayer-funded secondary or primary schooling in Maryland (much better education than in their country of origin) at taxpayer expense (as most illegal immigrants do not pay income taxes).
17 arrested on immigration charges in December
By Nicholas C. Stern For the Frederick News Post, 3/14/08
A little more than three months ago, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 17 suspected unauthorized immigrants in Frederick.
On Dec. 6 and Dec. 7, members of a team with ICE’s Fugitive Operations Program worked with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services’ Drinking Driver Monitor Program as part of Operation Secure Streets, according to an ICE statement.
IMMIGRATION: Legislation would ban sanctuary policies in Maryland
By Laura Schwartzman Capital News Service, 3/11/08
ANNAPOLIS -— Some lawmakers want to withhold state aid from local governments with sanctuary policies that prohibit employees and police officers from asking someone's immigration status.
Delegate Warren Miller, R-Howard County, introduced a bill to ban sanctuary policies and require ``local governments to fully comply with and support federal immigration law.'' Non-compliance could result in loss of some state aid for policing.
The bill is "an attempt to de-incentivize illegal immigration," Miller said.
Bill requires compliance with federal legislation - Counties and municipalities providing sanctuary for illegal immigrants could lose some funding from the state if a Carroll legislator’s bill passes.
By Beth Ward for the Carroll County Times, 2/26/08
Sen. Allan Kittleman, R-District 9, introduced legislation amending the state’s public safety article to require all counties and municipalities comply with federal immigration laws or lose some funding from the state for police agencies.
A hearing on Senate Bill 421 in front of the Senate Education Health and Environmental Affairs Committee is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Kittleman said one of the reasons behind the bill was the cost to taxpayers to provide education and emergency health care for people who are in the country illegally.
Immigration backers rally near State House - Goal is to stem what some are calling an Annapolis backlash
By Bradley Olson for the Baltimore Sun, 2/25/08
Chanting “Yes, we can!” in English, Spanish and French, a crowd of mostly Hispanic men and women gathered near Maryland’s State House tonight in hopes of stemming what they say is a growing backlash in the legislature over illegal immigration.
Participants in the rally, held on the eve of another round of General Assembly hearings on immigration bills, lighted several hundred candles and cheered local legislators and advocates and national civil rights leaders. Most of the measures seek to curb or cut off benefits to those who cannot prove they are in the United States legally.
ABC 7 Project Immigration: Mt. Rainier
A Maryland community is considering a controversial proposal that would make it a “Sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants.
Emotions are running high in Mount Ranier. Andrea McCarren has this “Project Immigration” story from the town in Prince George's County.
Resolution Would Deny Sanctuary To Illegals
Associated Press, 12/3/07
Taneytown, MD Councilman Paul Chamberlain plans to introduce a resolution Wednesday declaring the Carroll County community is not a so-called "sanctuary city" for illegal immigrants.
Gaithersburg, Maryland - (Contested 5/13/08)
The City of Gaithersburg has become aware of its listing on your website as "one or more cities offering illegal sanctuary." The City of Gaithersburg has not adopted or even considered the adoption of a sanctuary ordinance such as that adopted by Takoma Park. Please provide me with the basis or source of information for including Gaithersburg on the list as a sanctuary city. In addition, please immediately remove Gaithersburg from this list.
City of Gaithersburg
31 South Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877-2098
301-258-6310 ext. 2193