Dear Fellow CB9-2017 Opposition:
Supporters of CB9-2017 are shifting their strategy. The narrative of Jon Weinstein introducing a compromise for CB9-2017 began this past weekend. They have NO INTENTION on compromising. Their ‘compromise’ will be softening of words used in the bill. Their full intent is to make Howard County a Sanctuary County.
Opposition’s strategy: NO COMPROMISE directed at Jon Weinstein and Mary Kay Sigaty. Begin targeting Sigaty with pressure not to support CB9-2017. Use Twitter and Facebook to post “NO COMPROMISE Jon Weinstein” and pressure Mary Kay Sigaty to vote no.
The county council members follow and post to social media regularly. Keep the opposition voice alive on social media:
Use Twitter accounts: @HC_JonWeinstein
Include hashtags: #NoSanctuaryHoCo
FACTS on current HOCO Government policies regarding undocumented immigrants and interaction with the HCPD and other county agencies:
Q1. Does Ho.Co. have prohibitions on asking about immigration status?
Howard County Government has no policy prohibiting asking questions about immigration status. In addition, HCG does not have any policy or laws requiring employees to inquire about immigration status for any government services unless required by state or federal law.
Q2. Does Ho.Co. ensure access to local government services regardless of immigration status?
Yes. No Howard County departments or offices providing direct service to residents are required to ask for immigration information from any resident seeking Howard County services. County services are provided without consideration of immigration status. Where federal or state programs require proof of residency or citizenship, inquiries will be limited to the information required by law.
Q3. Does Ho.Co. contact ICE or CBP during traffic stops or other encounters?
Officers of the Howard County Police Department do not notify ICE about individuals involved in traffic stops or routine police encounters even if officers suspect that a person is an undocumented immigrant. ICE will be contacted only where a person is arrested under a criminal warrant, and often that may be related to the purpose of identification, rather than to report immigration status. Officers will not detain or arrest a person for an administrative civil deportation warrant.
Q4. Does Ho. Co. accept non-governmental forms of ID’s?
All services provided by Howard County agencies can be obtained with non-government forms of ID.
Official government IDs or proof of citizenship may be required in the following instances:
- Enrollment in federal and state programs may require proof of residency or citizenship.
- All visitors to the Howard County Detention Center are required to have a government issued Photo ID
- Moderate Income Housing Units (MIHU) rental units are managed by private landlords, who may request copies of government issued IDS, but do not require proof of legal residency.
- To issue licenses for pawn-brokers and taxicab drivers the County requires a copy of a driver’s license.
- Credit Card transactions at landfill also require an ID for verification
- The County’s federal CDBG and HOME funds are awarded to non-profits to provide housing and services to income-eligible applicants. The non-profits may ask for copies of government issued IDs from applicants, but they do not require proof of legal residency.
Q5. What local resources (if any) has (or does) Ho. Co. spend to help ICE?
Howard County does not use any local resources to help ICE.
Q6. Does Ho. Co. have an Ice Detention contract? If so, what is it?
Howard County has a contract with ICE similar to other jurisdictions, where ICE pays the County to house ICE detainees in available space in the Howard County Detention Center on a cost per detainee basis. ICE does not maintain its own correctional facilities and routinely contracts with state and local correctional facilities to house detainees when space is available.
Q7. An ICE alert is when immigrants are transferred directly to ICE, with the local jurisdiction acting as an active participant in ICE enforcement actions. Why would Ho. Co. accept them (if we do)?
Howard County does not arrest or detain people because of immigration status. Howard County police will arrest a person only for a violation of the criminal law and not on an administrative warrant issued by ICE based on immigration status. The Howard County Detention Center will transfer detainees to ICE only if ICE issues a warrant and takes custody of the person. If ICE does not issue a warrant, the person will be released from custody once the local charge has been disposed.
Q8. Under what circumstances do we let ICE interrogate in jail (if we do)?
If the County has detained someone on a criminal warrant who is also the subject of an ICE warrant or detainer, the person will be released to ICE custody for interrogation at an ICE location.
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