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.
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.