Do you have questions about how Baltimore police plan to handle enforcement of ramped-up immigration laws under Donald Trump’s administration? You’re not alone.
On Friday, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis will join members of CASA de Maryland, an advocacy organization for Latino and Latina community members and immigrants, for a discussion about the police department’s role in enforcing Trump’s new policies. Davis will also talk about BPD’s role in investigating hate crimes, according to a Facebook flyer for the event.
Thousands in Baltimore have protested President Trump’s recent executive orders threatening so-called sanctuary jurisdictions that protect undocumented immigrants, ordering the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Amid the outrage, many are concerned about the role local police agencies will play in assisting federal authorities with identifying and deporting undocumented residents. The Bel Air Police Department in Harford County recently stumbled into a conversation with their community about their policies for identifying illegal immigrants after officers stopped an Indian-American resident (a U.S. citizen) to ask if she was living here illegally.
The forum is scheduled to run from 6-8 p.m. at Patterson High School in Southeast Baltimore, located at 100 Kane Street near Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. According to the flyer, Davis and CASA staff be joined by Patterson High student groups Pa’Lante and SPIRIT.
A Baltimore Police Department spokeswoman confirmed Commissioner Davis will be at the forum, but didn’t provide any additional information. CASA de Maryland hasn’t returned requests for additional comment.
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