Please Attend And Make You’re Voices Heard Against The Pro Illegal Community – Gustavo Torres From Casa Will Be There – Takoma Park to Hold Community Teach-in on its Sanctuary City Status and Commitment

January 17, 2017 On Saturday, February 4, the City of Takoma Park and several community organizations will host a public forum, Takoma Park:  Sanctuary City — Then & Now. The program will explore the City’s 30-year-old Sanctuary ordinance and its amendments, and will underscore the City’s ongoing commitment to protect its immigrant residents under the letter and spirit of the law.  Takoma Park is one of 300+ sanctuary jurisdictions throughout the nation.   The teach-in, sponsored by the City of Takoma Park; the Mayor Sam Abbott Living Legacy Project of Historic Takoma, CASA de Maryland, and Takoma Park Mobilization, will take place at 3:00 p.m. at the Takoma Park Community Center – Sam Abbott Citizens’ Center, 7500 Maple Ave. in Takoma Park.   The program will feature a wide range of speakers, including City, county, and state officials, as well as members of immigrant legal rights and service organizations.  Among the participants are: Takoma Park Councilmembers Terry Seamens and Rizzy Qureshi; Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich; Takoma Park Police Chief Alan Goldberg; City Manager Suzanne Ludlow; Maryland State Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez; CASA Executive Director, Gustavo Torres; Denyse Sabagh, Esq., Partner, Duane Morris; and Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart.    In the early 1980’s, local churches began offering sanctuary to some of the thousands of refugees fleeing brutal civil wars in El Salvador and Guatemala. This led to a series of supporting resolutions initiated and adopted by then Mayor Sam Abbott and the Takoma Park City Council. In 1985, the ordinance was passed making Takoma Park a “Sanctuary City.” Affirmed and amended several times, the last in 2007-08, the Takoma Park Sanctuary law (Municipal Code, Chapter 9.04) prohibits city police and other city employees from asking Takoma Park residents about their citizenship or immigration status. It also prohibits them from cooperating in the enforcement of federal immigration laws that could lead to the deportation of residents.   In his message to the City on Nov. 11, Takoma Park Police Chief Alan Goldberg said, “Our Constitution specifically prohibits a ‘National Police Force.’…We have no interest or authority in the deportation of immigrants. The mission and commitment of the Takoma Park Police Department is the safety and welfare of all our residents….”   Safeguarding and building trust are key community values.  Mayor Kate Stewart warmly affirmed the City’s support for its immigrant neighbors. “We are a City that welcomes those who are the victims of terrorism and violence regardless of their national origins and that refuses to demonize Muslims. We are a City that upholds the right of ALL people to live their lives with dignity and respect.”   Attendees will have the opportunity to speak and question the panel. The event will also include Takoma Park Poet Laureate Merrill Leffler and singer Rudy Arredondo. The program is free and open to the public.



Catherine Plevy

Public Information Officer Takoma Park Police Department Email: Phone: 301-891-7142 Cell: 240-338-2901

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Activist’s Needed On Jan 23 As Montgomery Sentinel Sponsors Round Table Discussion On Hate Crimes – Please Attend

Sentinel Hosts Live-Stream Roundtable on Hate Crimes

ROCKVILLE –  The Montgomery County Sentinel will be hosting a live stream roundtable discussion on hate crimes in our community and solutions for dealing with them.

The roundtable discussion will be held on Monday, January 23rd, in the Council Hearing Room (3rd floor) in the County Council Building at 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. 

Brian J. Karem, the executive editor for The Sentinel Newspapers will moderate the event which is scheduled from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

Participating in the roundtable discussion will be Montgomery County Council Member Craig Rice, Montgomery County Chief of Police Tom Manger, Ron Halber, Executive Director of the JCRC of Greater Washington, Daryl Davis, community activist and author of Klan-Destine Relationships, Hessie Harris of Help Save Maryland, and former Montgomery County High School Principal Fred Evans.

The general public is invited to the event as well as local and national media.

Attendance is limited to a first come and first serve basis.

Any questions can be sent to  or by calling the Montgomery County Sentinel at (301)838-0788.

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Feds Retreat After Maryland Residents Fight Plan to Dump Illegals – Breitbart Drop From 2014 – Former Governor O’Malley States “Those Coming Across Border Should Be Treated As Refugees”

by Tony Lee14 Jul 2014

Protests from local elected officials in Maryland this weekend forced the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) to cancel its plans to send illegal immigrant children to an Army Reserve center in Westminster, which is about 35 miles from Baltimore.

Maryland Democrat Gov. Martin O’Malley said illegal immigrant children flooding across the border should be considered “refugees” and all be given asylum status, but after Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) publicized the federal government’s last-minute plans to sneak illegal immigrant children into Maryland, there was considerable blowback. HHS backed off, citing things like insufficient access to drinking water at the facility.

In a Monday appearance on WBAL radio in Baltimore, Harris said he found out late Thursday evening about the Obama administration’s plans and “hit the ground running on Friday morning” to stop it from happening.

“We have to send a very clear message to HHS that this is crazy,” Harris said.

Harris also acknowledged that until the message gets sent clearly that illegal immigrant children will not be given amnesty or be allowed to remain in the country for years, billions of dollars in more government spending will not solve what he called an “emergency” at the border.

Protestors in Murrieta, California have been turning back bus after bus of illegal immigrant children, some of whom had scabies. And protesters will organize Tuesday in Oracle, Arizona to try to prevent the federal government from dumping illegal immigrants in their blue-collar community.

“These unaccompanied minors who have entered our nation illegally must not be brought to Carroll County, Maryland. Flying them to Maryland only to turn around and fly them back home is nonsensical,” Harris said last week. “Should this Administration attempt to put them in Carroll County, I will use every tool at my disposal though the appropriations process to stop this.”

He said “Obama should immediately return them to their nation of origin” and fix the problem he created.

Despite O’Malley’s contention that the illegal immigrant children should not be sent back to what he says is “certain death,” residents of Maryland of all backgrounds have expressed concerns.

Last Friday, as Breitbart News reported, Elaine, “a black caller from Baltimore, Maryland told Laura Ingraham on her radio show that she was ‘living a nightmare’ because her ‘whole neighborhood is so violent.’ She wanted to know where she could get refugee status in her own country.”

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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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