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Maryland’s attorney general today issued a memo to law enforcement agencies across Maryland that they don’t need – and in fact, shouldn’t, in many cases – comply with the Trump administration’s orders to work with federal immigration agents deporting people en masse from the country.
Students at Maryland colleges are petitioning school officials to protect undocumented immigrants on their campuses from new threats under a Trump administration. Some of their administrators appear to share the same concerns.
Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have crossed the border into the U.S. in recent months, many of them fleeing terrible situations back home. In many cases, they’ve received a warm welcome–even from Glenn Beck! And in other cases, they’ve been greeted with protests, hateful rhetoric, and now–misspelled anti-immigrant graffiti here in Baltimore.
Maryland law enforcement’s participation in the federal government’s Secure Communities program is under consideration in the Maryland House of Delegates. The program relies on local and state police departments to send fingerprints of arrestees to the federal government to identify and deport illegal immigrants.
According to Maryland Reporter, one bill, introduced by Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez (D-Montgomery County), would prohibit local law enforcement from detaining possible illegal immigrants for the sole purpose of giving the Department of Homeland Security time to check their status.
Another bill, introduced by Del. Patrick McDonough (R-Baltimore County), would make it mandatory for law enforcement to do just that.
You won’t notice any difference in arrest procedure in Baltimore City. That is, unless you’re an illegal immigrant, and even then only after the fact. A federal program to check the fingerprints of arrestees against immigration records, which has been phasing in across the country since 2008, has finally and abruptly come to Baltimore. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (who wants more, not fewer, people living in the city) and immigrant advocates have voiced their concerns with the program — and its sudden implementation — but it barely requires the cooperation of the city or the Baltimore Police Department.
That’s because the program, called Secure Communities, is really a collaboration between two federal organizations. Baltimore already sends fingerprints of people who have been arrested to the FBI. Secure Communities only requires that the FBI pass those fingerprints on to Homeland Security.
Secure Communities already has 162,940 deportations to its credit nationwide, 670 from Maryland. Critics fear the program’s deportations could gut immigrant communities, lead to less police cooperation among immigrants, and leave many children in the United States — who may be legal citizens — without parents. Maybe they could rename it Millions of Children Left Behind.