Day 2 Testimony Against CB9-2017 – Guess Who Showed Up At The Party? Casa De Md – Immigration debate continues in Howard during second day of testimony

Deep divides continued to surface Wednesday night as residents delivered impassioned testimony before the Howard County Council on a proposed bill that would label the county a “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants.

On the first night of the hearing, more than 500 people packed the meeting room Tuesday night and more than 270 people signed up to testify, a turnout that pushed the meeting to Wednesday after the Council heard more than six hours of testimony that continued past 2 a.m.

Proposed by Democratic Council members Calvin Ball and Jen Terrasa, the bill would codify existing county practices regarding how county employees, including local law enforcement, interact with undocumented immigrants. If passed, state and federal laws and policies would trump the designation.

On Wednesday, the debate between opponents — who wore red and held large “No CB-9” signs — and proponents, — who wore a motley collection of white, green and other colors and held an assortment of signs — was emblematic of the national debate over immigration enforcement.

Fear of the unknown surfaced on both ends during the hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“There has been so much hurt and anger on all sides,” said Columbia resident Tonya Tiffany, who is opposed to the bill.

By Wednesday night, the Council had heard nearly nine hours of testimony on the controversial bill over two days.

Of the 271 people who signed up to testify over the two days, 105 supported and 83 opposed the bill, according to Council staff. The remaining were undeclared.

Supporters said the bill was a principled stand for undocumented immigrants, whom they described as mainstays of the local economy, and said it gave minorities living in increased fear of the presidency of Donald Trump piece of mind.

The Council on American Muslim Relations, a major advocacy group for Muslims, and CASA de Maryland also testified Wednesday in support of the bill.

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Congress looks to punish ‘sanctuary campus’ colleges that protect illegal immigrants

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Forget sanctuary cities: The next heated congressional battle on immigration could be over “sanctuary campuses” — the dozens of colleges and universities that say they will resist any cooperation with federal immigration agents, unless they are forced to by law.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, introduced legislation this month to do just that, saying Congress should strip schools of billions of dollars in federal financial aid unless they start cooperating with authorities.

Mr. Hunter’s legislation would require the Department of Homeland Security to keep a list of sanctuary campuses and send it to the Education Department, which would cancel federal payments for student loans and financial aid, potentially costing schools billions of dollars.

“This effort is not about telling colleges who they can and can’t accept for enrollment, but whatever decision they make will either mean they receive federal money or they don’t — it’s that simple,” Mr. Hunter said.

His bill has the backing of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which said schools that refuse to cooperate with federal agents are putting students’ security at risk.

“Affording public benefits to illegal aliens not only serves as a magnet to future illegal immigration but is a slap in the face to the thousands of disadvantaged Americans and legal immigrant students competing for those same college slots and funding,” FAIR said in a statement.

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Casa De Maryland Whining Again – Many Md. Immigrants Fear Deportation When Trump Takes Office

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– It was one of the president-elect’s top campaign promises. Many in the immigrant community are living in fear, as Donald Trump plans to deport millions of undocumented people.

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Meghan McCorkell has more on their concerns.

Immigrant advocates say fears are at an all time high as they wait to see what the president-elect will do. Donald Trump’s hard-line stance on immigration is sparking fears.

Nathaly Uribe Robledo came to the U.S. from Chile when she was just two years old. In 2012, she registered for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to be shielded from deportation.

“What”s going to happen to my family. Our future? We put ourselves on the line. We went out and did what the government asked and gave our information. They have all that information now,” said Robledo.

She worries that could be used against her. In Maryland, different jurisdictions have had different responses to Trump’s deportation promises.

Howard County is considering a plan to declare itself a sanctuary for immigrants. While in Harford County, the sheriff signed an agreement with the feds to screen for citizenship when people come to the county jail.

Elizabeth Alex with Casa de Maryland says it’s hard to guide immigrants who are fearful when there’s no clear cut policy.

“People are honestly preparing for the worst. We’re going into uncharted territory right now and so all we can rely on are the very basic fundamental rights in our constitution,” said Alex.

As for Nathaly, she has even more questions..

“This is the country that I know. What’s going to happen come Friday. What’s going to happen the next few months,” said Alex.

A lack of answers leading to an uncertain future.

In a recent interview, the president-elect promised a firm immigration plan that will “have a lot of heart.” Donald Trump has vowed to rescind the DACA program, which could impact up to 750,000 immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

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Passions high at packed Howard County ‘sanctuary’ hearing – CB9-2017

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#NoSanctuaryHoCo  No Compromise & illegal immigrant policies in HOCO

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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