Excellent Article Written By Thomas Wheatley Of The Washington Post – Appeasement is a bad reason to support the Maryland Trust Act

Commentary:  This is the best article ever written on why Maryland SHOULD NOT become a Sanctuary State and more reason for more Law Enforcement officials to do what is asked of them without interference. AG Brian Frosh sent out a memorandum telling Law Enforcement not to work with Federal Law Enforcement agencies. So Frosh would support murdering MS13, Latin Kings and 8th st. gangs over the Citizens and Lawful immigrants in Maryland. 3 counties can be happy that they are participating in 287g to work with ICE, if not for them, the 35 MS13 gang members recently arrested during the sting in Maryland may not have even happened. #NoSanctuaryMaryland #NoTrustAct. The 3 counties are, Sheriff Jeff Gahler of Harford County Maryland, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins of Frederick County, and the Sheriff of Anne Arundel County.

Be sure to click the link and read the full article.  It is a must read.

December 11 at 6:10 PM

In the words of James Bond villain Alec Trevelyan, why can’t the Maryland Law Enforcement and Governmental Trust Act just be a good boy and die?

Last spring, legislation by the same name died in the Senate, much to the frustration of advocates of undocumented immigrants. Yet sure enough, some Maryland progressives and their allies, including the Maryland ACLU and CASA de Maryland, plan to resurrect the bill as soon as possible and have already held public forums to discuss just that.

For those new to the Trust Act (or at least its most recent version), the bill effectively makes Maryland a sanctuary state by limiting law enforcement’s cooperation with federal immigration efforts and banning state officers from investigating citizens’ immigration status. In the previous legislative session, the bill was roundly condemned as reckless by Democrats and Republicans alike. “Maryland is not going to become a sanctuary state,” Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) said of the bill.

Yet supporters of the bill say the measure will help “foster trust between immigrant/minority individuals and state/local government.” In redressing arguments suggesting the bill may make Maryland a magnet for criminals, supporters argue the opposite: that when trust exists between illegal immigrant communities and law enforcement, the former will be more likely to report crime. Thus, the Trust Act would in fact “make our families and communities safer” — or so the argument goes.

Admittedly, the theory makes sense (although it is unclear such newfound trust will offset a surge in violent crime, such as the one Northern Virginia and the Maryland suburbs of D.C. have seen with the expansion of MS-13). But before throwing their support behind the Trust Act’s latest reincarnation, Maryland lawmakers should take a moment to appreciate the foundational absurdity of this reasoning.

First, the only reason there is an illegal immigrant community distrustful of law enforcement and harboring criminal secrets is because of a consistent tolerance of illegal immigration in the first place. Reckless “come one, come all” policies at the local level have yielded reticent nests of criminality that are now, incredibly, insisting that it is our police force and citizenry that need to change. Put differently, supporters of the Trust Act want their fellow citizens to believe that it’s not dousing the house in gasoline that’s dangerous, it’s lighting the match.


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WOW Major Update In The Silver Spring Maryland MS13 Case – Some Disappointing News – Charges Dropped Against Suspect in Gang Killing, But Prosecutors Could Restart Case – But….

Commentary:  I must admit, I am a  bit confused here on possible blood evidence and the dark stain on the accused jeans, that they say, may be a mud spot.  They say it’s been a month and no blood determined, however, this could have been ruled out right away by using Luminol, so why is it taking a month to determine whether it’s dirt or blood?  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luminol

Case against second MS-13 suspect moves forward with judge finding ‘sufficient probable cause’



Murder charges were dropped Friday against an 18-year-old who was accused of participating in the deadly stabbing of a Silver Spring man in a local park, though prosecutors could refile charges later.

David Lagunes Bolanos, then 17, was arrested Oct. 18 and charged with the murder of Cristopher Alfredo Funes Guerra, a 20-year-old from Silver Spring who was found dead in a stream by Long Branch-Arliss Neighborhood Park. He had been stabbed more than 80 times, according to police.

Another suspect, 18-year-old Jesus Ponce Flores, also has been arrested in the case. Police say both suspects are members of the MS-13 gang.

Assistant State’s Attorney Teresa Casafranca said in Montgomery County District Court Friday that prosecutors had dropped charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, but noted that the State’s Attorney’s Office was waiting a number of forensic tests to be concluded.

That doesn’t mean he’s being released, however. Lagunes Bolanos, from Silver Spring, is still being held without bail for other charges of assault and burglary for an incident that allegedly occurred in Silver Spring in October. Murder charges can be refiled.

Seth Zucker, another assistant state’s attorney, said in an interview he could not comment on the specific case, he said that, in general, the office “can rebring charges based on additional evidence.”

Victor Del Pino, who is representing Lagunes Bolanos through the public defender’s office, said he would hold off to see how prosecutors proceed or the results of the forensic tests before commenting.

“I don’t want to necessarily scream victory at this point,” he said in an interview. “That’s why I have to just wait to see if I can make a statement about what’s going on.”

Prosecuting MS-13 murder cases—which often involve multiple participants acting in a secluded area—has presented challenges in the past. In March, Montgomery County prosecutors dropped murder charges against three men accused of a 2016 killing in Gaithersburg, though the suspects are now facing federal kidnapping charges.

A number of high-profile cases allegedly involving MS-13 have come up in Montgomery, Frederick and Anne Arundel counties in recent months. Three people are in custody awaiting trial for the death of a man whose body was found in Wheaton Regional Park in September.

Jesus Ponce Flores. Police are not releasing a photo of David Lagunes Bolanos because he was a minor at the time of his arrest. Via MCPD

Meanwhile, the case against Ponce Flores moved forward Friday, about an hour after prosecutors held off on the charges against his codefendant. He appeared for a preliminary hearing, in which the judge determined there was enough probable cause to continue the case to trial.

Det. Michael Carin, who works in the Montgomery County police homicide section, testified about the evidence against Ponce Flores, which included unnamed witnesses, surveillance video and jeans with a brown stain that might or might not have been blood.


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****Remember This During The Maryland “Trust Act” Debate**** CAIR Is Also Working With Casa, ACLU And Maryland Radical Legislators – CAIR Goes to Court to Challenge Trump’s Muslim Ban

Commentary:  Funny, when you go to the bottom of this article, it’s in Spanish, not Aramaic.  I have left CAIR’s contact information below, feel free to share your opinions with them.  Here is the Maryland CAIR contact information:  mdoutreach@cair.com, 410-971-6072

https://www.cair.com/about-us/dispelling-rumors-about-cair.html Not rumors, but fact!!  Why doesn’t someone ask Obama about his association with CAIR and the Muslim Brotherhood?

CAIR Goes to Court to Challenge Trump’s Muslim Ban

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(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/8/17) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today went to court to challenge President Trump’s Muslim ban. #NoMuslimBanEver.

This morning, the entire Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on whether to uphold the Maryland district court’s decision to partially block the latest version of the ban. The Trump administration argued that the president’s anti-Muslim comments and tweets are irrelevant.

The government continued to urge the court that once President Trump uses the words “national security” the court must accept that conclusion. On that point, Judge Pamela Harris commented that even with giving President Trump deference and construing his statements “in a light more favorable to the president, it’s a little tricky to find the national security rationale.”

SEE: Fourth Circuit Struggles with Trump’s Tweets in Weighing Travel Ban

CAIR and others argued that the Muslim ban is discriminatory and that the president is acting to disfavor Islam in violation of the First Amendment. “Muslim Ban 3.0” seeks to re-write immigration laws in an attempt to block more than 150 million Muslims from even considering entering America.

Today’s arguments follow the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case challenging a Hawaii District Court order that also blocked Muslim Ban 3.0.  The Fourth Circuit is expected to issue a decision quickly.

“CAIR continues to stand for freedom, equality and religious tolerance. We will not rest while President Trump’s Islamophobic prejudice unfairly separates American Muslims from their loved ones,” said CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri.

Earlier this week, CAIR expressed deep concern over the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to allow President Trump’s “Muslim Ban” to be implemented until the court makes a final decision about the executive action’s constitutionality.

CAIR and the Brennan Center for Justice filed suit against President Trump’s Muslim Ban on behalf of six American Muslims impacted by the immigration restrictions. Civil rights attorneys, including CAIR National attorney Gadeir Abbas, delivered oral arguments against the ban in mid-October.

On appeal, this case, Zakzok v. Trump, was consolidated with two others and are jointly pending before the Fourth Circuit.

Video: CAIR, Other Civil Rights Groups Hold Presser After Md. Court Arguments on Trump’s Muslim Ban

In a broad ruling on October 18th, U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang granted CAIR and other groups’ request for a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from implementing its latest attempt to exclude Muslims from the United States.

Judge Chuang ruled that the plaintiffs were likely to ultimately succeed in proving that anti-Muslim animus motivated the travel ban in violation of the Establishment Clause. He also noted that the ban violates federal law, which forbids the government from discriminating against visa applicants based on their nationality.

SEE: Second Judge Rules Against Latest Travel Ban, Saying Trump’s Own Words Show It Was Aimed at Muslims

CAIR welcomed a decision by another federal judge in Hawaii to block the Trump administration from implementing the ban. The judge’s decision only blocks the ban for 14 days.

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Federal Judge’s Decision to Block Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban 3.0’

In September, CAIR — with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and Profeta & Eisenstein — filed an amicus brief with U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of seven American Muslims.

READ Amicus Brief

These groups also filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in August.

Read CAIR’s Amicus Brief

In January, just days after Trump signed the first Muslim ban executive order, CAIR filed suit.

SEE: CAIR Files Federal Suit Challenging Constitutionality of Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Order

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

La misión de CAIR es mejorar la comprensión del Islam, fomentar el diálogo, proteger las libertades civiles, capacitar a los musulmanes estadounidenses, y construir coaliciones que promuevan la justicia y la comprensión mutua.

CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784, lmasri@cair.com; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425, gabbas@cair.com

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****Retiring Maryland Delegate, Montgomery County, Ana Sol “Casa De Md Shill” Gutiérrez Among Lawmakers Arrested During DACA Protest****

Commentary:  I find this part amusing.  Event organizers said they arranged with U.S. Capitol Police in advance that the roughly 200 protesters who refused to leave the Capitol steps would not be detained but would pay a $50 fee. 

WASHINGTON — Nearly 200 protesters were arrested Wednesday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol after thousands gathered to demand legislation protecting young, undocumented immigrants whose work permits are being revoked by the Trump administration.

Those arrested after refusing to disperse included at least two lawmakers from Montgomery County: County Council President Hans Riemer, D, and state Delegate Ana Sol Gutiérrez, D-Montgomery.

Coordinated by local and national immigrant rights groups, the protest was the latest effort to pressure U.S. lawmakers to find a way to replace Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program that allowed some 690,000 immigrants brought to this country as children to receive two-year renewal work permits and shielded them from deportation.

The work permits will expire starting March 5.

In the House and Senate, at least four pieces of legislation have been proposed that could protect the “dreamers” from deportation and allow them to remain in this country permanently. But lawmakers are divided over tactics and substance, including whether to include tougher border protection and other enforcement as part of any bill that is approved. An unprecedented 35 members of the House GOP caucus spoke out Tuesday to urge legislative action by the end of the year.

Hoisting signs, raising their fists and chanting in unison, demonstrators on Wednesday denounced President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and Congress’s sluggishness in addressing the DACA repeal.

Speakers — including DACA recipients, members of Congress and community leaders — called on lawmakers to reject what they called the administration’s hostility to immigrant groups. Riemer said it was an urgent local issue because of the thousands of DACA recipients who live in Montgomery, Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction.

“There’s a lot of people living in Montgomery County who really couldn’t join the protest or get arrested for fear of their status,” Riemer said. “I felt like those of us who can be arrested without fear of deportation need to stand up and have a voice for people.”

Karina Ruiz, 33, traveled from Phoenix, Arizona, to join the rally. Ruiz emigrated from Mexico City in 1999 at age 15 and has since had three children, all of them American citizens born in the United States.

The day after Trump’s election, Ruiz said, her children — ages 5 to 15 — asked her whether she was going to be sent back to Mexico. Her DACA status expires in one year.

“They’re at an age when they still need me,” Ruiz said.

Members of Congress who spoke included Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, D-Ill., and Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., — both of whom were arrested around 2 p.m. — as well as Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

Event organizers said they arranged with U.S. Capitol Police in advance that the roughly 200 protesters who refused to leave the Capitol steps would not be detained but would pay a $50 fee.

Although protesters focused mostly on protecting DACA recipients and other immigrants with temporary protected status that could be revoked by the administration, they also used the moment to call attention to other administration policies they say discriminate against immigrants and refugees.

Specifically, demonstrators decried Trump’s travel ban — which the Supreme Court said this week could be fully enforced while legal challenges continue — and policies restricting the number of refugees who can enter the United States.

“History is going to judge us on this issue,” Harris yelled to the crowd. “History will judge where you stood at this moment in time.”


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****News Update On Sexual Assault Of Ride On Victim In Montgomery County MD**** Provided By Kevin Lewis Of ABC7 News

Woman suffers seizure, wakes up to stranger sexually assaulting her at Ride On bus stop

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Sanchez is “unlawfully present” in the United States. ICE has since lodged an immigration detainer against the Mexican national.

In 1999, U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered Sanchez in Lukeville, Arizona — a small border town roughly 150 miles southwest of Phoenix. Sanchez, who also uses an alias of Javier Torres-Pantoja, was sent back to Mexico at the time. ICE says it’s unaware of when the 41-year-old returned to the U.S.

Court records indicate Sanchez is married with one child. However, he lives with relatives in a townhome along Curry Powder Lane in Germantown. Court records further state Sanchez works for JW Construction in Kensington. However, the owner of that company tells ABC7 News he has never employed the defendant in any capacity. Upon further reporting — to include speaking directly with Sanchez’s own family — ABC7 believes the court documents are inaccurate in this regard. It is unclear if Sanchez lied to court staff about his employment history or if this was a clerical error.

Commentary:  Again, why are Montgomery County tax payers on the hook for a public defender to represent someone here illegally committing a heinous act of depravity?

The Maryland Office of the Public Defender is representing Sanchez. The agency has had a longstanding policy of not commenting to members of the media.

Sanchez is scheduled to appear in Montgomery County District Court on December 15 at 10 a.m. for a preliminary hearing. He faces up to 21 years in prison on charges of third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.

You can follow Kevin Lewis on Twitter @ABC7Kevin and his reporting at www.wjla.com


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