Help Save Maryland Action Alert! – Concerned Citizens Needed To Testify/Attend Howard County MD Sanctuary City Hearing!

Concerned Citizens Needed To Testify/Attend Howard County, Maryland Sanctuary City Hearing!

 

The Howard County Council is attempting to join Montgomery Council, Baltimore City and other lawless jurisdictions in Maryland by becoming a “Sanctuary City” for illegal immigrant criminals.  That means all illegal immigrants and their families can live, work, drive, go to school, use county/state/federal social services, join gangs (MS-13) and commit crimes (prostitution, drugs, human trafficking) in your community with impunity from the law.

 

In Montgomery County, a leading sanctuary for illegal aliens, Syrian refugees, we have seen a spike in crimes and murders, drug distribution and human trafficking from MS-13 (El Salvadoran) gang members and other Hispanic illegals.  Montgomery County Police have added more officers to work full time to handle this crime surge.  But its like fighting terrorists after you let them in the country, it is much harder to deal with the problems they cause.  And Montgomery County as a sanctuary refuses to work with federal law enforcement. 

 

Just another day in Montgomery County!  — “Teen arrested in double murder at Wheaton mall” 

 

 http://wtop.com/montgomery-county/2017/01/teen-arrested-in-double-murder-at-wheaton-mall/

 

Howard County citizens have much to look forward to! 

Interestingly enough, this crime, drug and murder surge has coincided with the increased flow of Central American illegals crossing the porous southern border since the election of Obama in 2008.

Add in the hard work of groups like CASA of Maryland, Identity Inc, the National Council of La Raza (The Race) and others (Catholic Charities, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, etc).  

 

Even these citizen hating groups and their supporters in the Maryland legislature are getting caught committing crimes.

 

 

Will Campos, former state delegate, getting fitted for a nice striped suit

 

Former Maryland state delegate and Prince George’s County Council member Will Campos has just pleaded guilty to federal charges of taking bribes in exchange for county grant funds. 

 

You all remember Will Campos. 

 

He was carefully groomed by Guantanamo Torres, head of CASA of Maryland, with help from fellow Amigos, little State Senator Victor Ramirez of PG County and not so little State Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez of Montgomery County. 

 

With more and more Hispanic illegal aliens moving to the region and voting, Campos had a bright future ahead in Annapolis. 

 

Not anymore.  Campos will be making license plates in prison for the next few years, ironically many of which will go on vehicles driven by his former illegal alien clientele!

 

“Former PG official pleads guilty to conspiracy, bribery” – http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-former-delegate-guilty-20170110-story.html

 

 

 

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HELP NEEDED IN HOWARD COUNTY MARYLAND

 


 The Howard County Council recently proposed a bill declaring Howard County to be a “sanctuary” county.  Here is a list of links to news stories if you want to brush up on the details.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/columbia/ph-ho-cf-sanctuary-county-proposal-0105-20161229-story.html

 

http://www.wbaltv.com/article/debate-heats-up-over-howards-sanctuary-county-bill/8560656

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/5453241-wmal-inteview-calvin-ball-1-2-17?t=0

 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/howard/columbia/ph-ho-cf-council-votes-january-0112-20170103-story.html

 

 

Say No To CB9-2017 – Howard County Maryland Sanctuary Bill – Contact Information Listed

   

 

 

Dear Fellow Opponents of CB9-2017:

 

Grassroots Action Plan:

 

1. If not already done, mark your calendar on January 17 to attend a 6:00 pm public hearing at George Howard Building in Ellicott City.  See address below. 

  • Wear a red shirt to show unity in opposition. 
  • Create an opposition sign and bring to the hearing. Gadsden Flags too.
  • Jon Weinstein is the deciding vote, target him. 
  • Key places to sit with your signs: left side and front few rows – we want the TV cameras to see the opposition signs.
  • Bring 10 friends with you – wear red shirt (if own one). 
  • PACK the George Howard building with opposition – County Council needs to know Howard Countians will not stand for their disregard of our tax dollars, schools, safety, and disobedience of their oath of office.  The supporters will be out in full force – lets overwhelm them! 
  • 1,000+ people are required on January 17


2. Flood County Council with your voice of opposition: email, call, post on social media:


Howard County Council Contact Us Web Site

 

Jon Weinstein, JWeinstein@howardcountymd.gov (410)313-3110
Calvin Ball, CBBall@howardcountymd.gov (410)-313-2001
Jen Terrasa, JTerrasa@howardcountymd.gov (410) 313-3108
Mary Kay Sigaty, MKSigaty@HowardCountyMD.gov (410)313-2001
Greg Fox,  GFox@HowardCountyMD.gov (410)313-2001

You can send a fax to 410-313-3297- Simply send #NoSanctuaryHoCo

 

Twitter:
@CalvinBallTeam
@MaryKaySigaty
@HC_JonWeinstein
@JenTerrasa

 

3. Thanks to Calvin Ball, illegals will be targeting Howard County as a sanctuary destination. Say No to Howard County Sanctuary!
Here are some easy Tweets to send out or Tweet your own. Use
#NoSanctuaryHoCo hashtag in your tweets.

Let #CalvinBall know #NoSanctuaryHoCo.

4. Twitter storm.

  • Click on the http link below the Tweet.
  • It will open up Twitter with the Tweet you select.
  • If you are not logged in it will ask you to do so.
  • All you have to do is hit Tweet.

@CalvinBallTeam @MaryKaySigaty @HC_JonWeinstein @JenTerrasa RWe aCounty of No law&order? ObeyUr OathOf Office #NoSanctuaryHoCo

http://ctt.ec/TU0xR

Keep HoCo police safe; they have a family too. Call your county councilperson and tell them to vote NO on CB9-2017

http://ctt.ec/072Zi

GregFox Only Adult in Room standing up4Voters rights& their tax$$. Obeys His Oath Of Office. Call @CalvinBallTeam 2VoteNo #NoSanctuaryHoCo

http://ctt.ec/jma1b

@CalvinBallTeam legacy he is proud of-No sugar 4you- Tax rain-Ur Taxes 2fund his campaign &Now Ur govt benefits2illegals #NoSanctuaryHoCo

http://ctt.ec/0iV75

@CalvinBallTeam Has Screwed voters-sugar ban-rain tax-politician tax &now illegals. What has he done for YOU? Nothing! #NoSanctuaryHoCo

http://ctt.ec/HVA26

@CalvinBallTeam Defying OathOfOffice in support of CB9-2017. Fed&MD law require legal entrance into US. All else is Illegal #NoSanctuaryHoCo

http://ctt.ec/_a7Yp

@CalvinBallTeam continues to divide instead of unite. Read his inflammatory comments in CB9-2017 #FailedPoliticianBall #NoSanctuaryHoCo

http://ctt.ec/3_3Sh

@CalvinBallTeam harkens back to the days of the Wild Wild West where no law and order existed. #NoSanctuaryHoCo

http://ctt.ec/bY60j

 

5. Watch for coming email to sign up for literature drop (no door knocking) this weekend, more tweets, info on Calvin Ball’s request to Foose and HCC president to create safe sanctuary places, rally on January 17 before public hearing.

 

Share this email with friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbors who are in opposition of Sanctuary bill CB9-2017. 

 

They want to join the list?  Tell them to send email to PUSH4HoCo@gmail.com

 

This is a huge grassroots movement!

Laura Walsh
Frank Mirabile
Carol Loveless

#NoSanctuaryHoCo
Grassroots Organizers

 

There is always strength in numbers. The more individuals that you can rally to your cause, the better.

 

PUBLIC HEARING LOCATION:  George Howard Building, 3430, Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043

 

 

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Brad Botwin, Director

Help Save Maryland.org

240-447-1884

  

www.HelpSaveMaryland.org

  

https://www.facebook.com/HelpSaveMaryland/

  

www.twitter.com/helpsavemd

  

Tax Deductible Donations to Help Save Maryland are always welcome.  Donate by credit card at www.HelpSaveMaryland.org  or postal mail your donation to:

  

Help Save Maryland

PO Box 5742 

Rockville, MD  20855

  

THANK YOU!

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New Updates That Will Make You Cringe – HoCo Council POI Release – Ball/Terrasa Response to Kittleman Veto

First off, let me say, that, the Howard County Council outnumbers Republicans by a 4-1 margin, that means, even when County Exec Allan Kittleman veto’s the bill, the Dems on the council can Override it.  We must put a stop to this immediately.


 

 

 

 

 

Dear Fellow Opponents of CB9-2017: Read today’s News Release from Calvin Ball and Jen Terrasa response to Allan Kittleman’s planned Veto of CB9-2017. Like facebook page No Sanctuary Howard County to stay abreast of CB9-2017. See yesterday’s HoCo Sanctuary email 2 for links to contact your county council member via email, telephone, Twitter, and to sign up to testify on Jan 17.

Media Contact: Eric Solomon Public Information Officer Phone: (410) 313-1143 Email address: esolomon@howardcountymd.gov

Councilman Calvin Ball and Councilwoman Jen Terrasa Respond to Statement by Executive Kittleman Regarding CB-9

For Immediate Release:     Ellicott City, MD (January 10, 2017) – We are disappointed that Executive Kittleman has already made a decision to veto CB9-2017 before hearing and considering the full public discussion of such an important issue.   If Mr. Kittleman had taken the time to listen to the full community conversation about these issues, he may have heard stories from some of Howard County’s own DACA students of how they live in fear.  He may have heard about the victims of domestic violence who are afraid to call the police, file a report, or request assistance because they fear deportation.  He may have come to understand that this legislation is not only about protecting undocumented immigrants, but also about protecting their U.S. citizen children who won’t be able to recognize the full benefits of growing up in a community like Howard County if their parents are afraid to engage with the County or the school system.  He may have come to understand that this legislation is also about protecting immigrants who came to this country legally and are still living in fear due to the hateful rhetoric that has dominated our recent national discourse…afraid that their legal immigration status will be questioned, challenged on some technicality, or perhaps simply ignored based on the color of their skin, their accent, or the way they dress.   Executive Kittleman’s statement reflects some unfortunate misinformation and some fundamental misunderstandings both of the legislation itself and of the realities our immigrant neighbors face.     Mr. Kittleman claims that CB9-2017 provides a “false sense of security” because it will not protect undocumented immigrants from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and cannot prevent immigrants from being deported.  Many undocumented immigrants live with the fear of potential deportation every single day.  It is part of their reality.  They are well aware that their County Council cannot protect them from ICE.  To suggest that immigrants don’t understand what this legislation would do is incredibly insulting and demeaning.   Mr. Kittleman also claims that CB9-2017 will compromise our ability to keep our community safe when quite the contrary is true.  This bill is in fact a public safety measure.  It is critically important to our public safety that all victims and witnesses of crime in our community feel comfortable coming forward to law enforcement to share information without fear of potential detention or deportation.  We must make it explicitly clear to all Howard County residents, regardless of their immigration status, that local law enforcement is here to keep our community safe, not to assist the federal government with immigration enforcement.  Fear of deportation is often a reason why victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other crimes don’t seek assistance.  We must use every tool we can to help break down those barriers.  In doing so, CB9-2017 will make Howard County stronger and safer for all of us.   In Mr. Kittleman’s own press statement about his plans to veto CB9-2017, he noted that this bill will not supersede any federal or state law, or any existing agreement between the County and any other federal, state or local government.  Therefore, it does nothing to jeopardize existing cooperation from ICE in targeting criminal activity within Howard County.  If it is true that the Howard County Police Department “has never been engaged in the enforcement of immigration laws,” merely codifying existing Police Department policy and practice will most certainly not “compromise public safety efforts” as claimed.   Some have suggested that the Police Department already follows the policy which CB9-2017 would codify to try to make the point that this legislation is unnecessary.  Mr. Kittleman told the Baltimore Sun, “It would be different if there was a problem.”  There is a problem.  The hate-filled, anti-immigrant rhetoric which dominated the presidential campaign have helped create stifling levels of fear within portions of our community.  There is a very real problem, and we can do something about it.       Policies not to enforce federal immigration law do very little to promote confidence among undocumented immigrants unless those policies are widely known and unless people can trust that those policies will not be reversed without a public process.  CB9-2017 sends a clear public message that residents of any immigration status can participate safely in all aspects of County life and ensures that the County will not reverse that policy in the future, at least not without a public legislative process.   The Executive also raised concerns that CB9-2017 would jeopardize federal funding.  Currently, CB9-2017 would have no fiscal impact.  While we cannot predict what the funding priorities of the incoming federal Administration will be, we do not believe local policy decisions should be driven by anticipating federal retribution.   These vague threats should not have a chilling effect on our community values. We can and will deal with actual conditions placed on real federal dollars once there is a policy in place to which we can respond.   While it would appear the County Executive has already made a final decision on this matter, we hope that he will take the time to listen to our residents, consider our values as a community, and reconsider his decision.  It is a time to stand by the values that make Howard County the best place to live and make sure it is a great place for all of our neighbors.

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Say No To CB9-2017 – Howard County Maryland Sanctuary Bill – Contact Information Listed

Dear Fellow Opponents of CB9-2017:

Grassroots Action Plan:

1. If not already done, mark your calendar on January 17 to attend a 6:00 pm public hearing at George Howard Building in Ellicott City.  Click for Directions 

  • Wear a red shirt to show unity in opposition. 
  • Create an opposition sign and bring to the hearing.
  • Jon Weinstein is the deciding vote, target him. 
  • Key places to sit with your signs: left side and front few rows – we want the TV cameras to see the opposition signs.
  • Bring 10 friends with you – wear red shirt (if own one). 
  • PACK the George Howard building with opposition – County Council needs to know Howard Countians will not stand for their disregard of our tax dollars, schools, safety, and disobedience of their oath of office.  The supporters will be out in full force – lets overwhelm them! 
  • 1,000+ people are required on January 17


2.
Flood County Council with your voice of opposition: email, call, post on social media:


Howard County Council Contact Us Web Site

Jon Weinstein, JWeinstein@howardcountymd.gov (410)313-3110
Calvin Ball, CBBall@howardcountymd.gov (410)-313-2001
Jen Terrasa, JTerrasa@howardcountymd.gov (410) 313-3108
Mary Kay Sigaty, MKSigaty@HowardCountyMD.gov (410)313-2001
Greg Fox,  GFox@HowardCountyMD.gov (410)313-2001

You can send a fax to 410-313-3297- Simply send #NoSanctuaryHoCo

Twitter:
@CalvinBallTeam
@MaryKaySigaty
@HC_JonWeinstein
@JenTerrasa

3. Thanks to Calvin Ball, illegals will be targeting Howard County as a sanctuary destination. Say No to Howard County Sanctuary!
Here are some easy Tweets to send out or Tweet your own. Use #NoSanctuaryHoCo hashtag in your tweets.

Let #CalvinBall know #NoSanctuaryHoCo.

4. Twitter storm.

  • Click on the http link below the Tweet.
  • It will open up Twitter with the Tweet you select.
  • If you are not logged in it will ask you to do so.
  • All you have to do is hit Tweet.

@CalvinBallTeam @MaryKaySigaty @HC_JonWeinstein @JenTerrasa RWe aCounty of No law&order? ObeyUr OathOf Office #NoSanctuaryHoCo

http://ctt.ec/TU0xR

Keep HoCo police safe; they have a family too. Call your county councilperson and tell them to vote NO on CB9-2017

http://ctt.ec/072Zi

GregFox Only Adult in Room standing up4Voters rights& their tax$$. Obeys His Oath Of Office. Call @CalvinBallTeam 2VoteNo #NoSanctuaryHoCo

http://ctt.ec/jma1b

@CalvinBallTeam legacy he is proud of-No sugar 4you- Tax rain-Ur Taxes 2fund his campaign &Now Ur govt benefits2illegals #NoSanctuaryHoCo

http://ctt.ec/0iV75

@CalvinBallTeam Has Screwed voters-sugar ban-rain tax-politician tax &now illegals. What has he done for YOU? Nothing! #NoSanctuaryHoCo

http://ctt.ec/HVA26

@CalvinBallTeam Defying OathOfOffice in support of CB9-2017. Fed&MD law require legal entrance into US. All else is Illegal #NoSanctuaryHoCo

http://ctt.ec/_a7Yp

@CalvinBallTeam continues to divide instead of unite. Read his inflammatory comments in CB9-2017 #FailedPoliticianBall #NoSanctuaryHoCo

http://ctt.ec/3_3Sh

@CalvinBallTeam harkens back to the days of the Wild Wild West where no law and order existed. #NoSanctuaryHoCo

http://ctt.ec/bY60j

5. Watch for coming email to sign up for literature drop (no door knocking) this weekend, more tweets, info on Calvin Ball’s request to Foose and HCC president to create safe sanctuary places, rally on January 17 before public hearing.

Share this email with friends, relatives, colleagues, neighbors who are in opposition of Sanctuary bill CB9-2017.  They want to join the list?  Tell them to send email to PUSH4HoCo@gmail.com.

This is a huge grassroots movement!

Laura Walsh
Frank Mirabile
Carol Loveless

#NoSanctuaryHoCo
Grassroots Organizers

There is always strength in numbers. The more individuals that you can rally to your cause, the better.

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Maryland’s Endemic Corruption: An Object Lesson for the Nation – From James Simpson AIM – 2012 – Thomas’ Perez and Casa De Maryland – Former Governor Martin O’Malley

by James Simpson

Maryland is one of the most corrupt states in our nation. Nowhere is this fact more evident than with the state’s treatment of illegal aliens. Maryland politicians have literally become lawless in their efforts to cultivate illegals, and this lawlessness flows downhill from the very top. I will focus on a few of the more egregious examples.

In 2011, we published a report on CASA de Maryland, a Silver Spring-based illegal immigrant advocacy group that parrots ACORN in both its methods and associates—which include the Communist Party USA, FMLN, (a former Salvadoran communist guerilla group, now a political party), ACORN and others. Yet it is one of the most influential organizations in the state.

CASA receives significant state government funding, while Director Gustavo Torres and his wife, Sonia Mora both hold influential positions within that same government. Torres is a member of the Governor’s Council for New Americans and served on Governor Martin O’Malley’s transition team. Mora sits on the Governor’s Hispanic Affairs Commission and manages Montgomery County’s Latino Health Initiative. This is unseemly if not illegal. Torres’ primary source of income is CASA de Maryland, and CASA owes its inordinate influence to its many supporters in state government.

There is no disputing CASA’s influence. At a party to celebrate CASA’s 25 years of operation, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said, “I’d like to say I’m here for Mary Kay and Eliseo [the guests of honor], but when Gustavo Torres calls, I generally get in my car and go over and ask him what he wants.”

Torres’ influence extends to the White House. Former CASA Board member Cecilia Muñoz is President Obama’s Domestic Policy Director. Muñoz, who also worked for the National Council of La Raza, has been a persistent advocate for illegals throughout her tenure. Former CASA Board member Thomas Perez is now Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Holder Justice Department. Many of the odious lawsuits launched by the DOJ have been under Perez’s pen, including suits against states’ voter ID laws, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arizona’s anti-illegal alien law.

As quoted by The Washington Post, Baltimore County Delegate Pat McDonough put it bluntly: “Gustavo has created a sanctuary state. The governor does his bidding. The politicians who control power in the State of Maryland do his bidding. … And his success has caused financial and personal heartbreak for the State of Maryland.”

When Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins cracked down on illegals flooding the county, CASA sued. They claimed that two of Jenkins’ deputies violated an illegal’s civil rights by questioning her, although she had an outstanding warrant and tried to run and hide when she saw them. CASA lost. Sheriff Jenkins stated:

I find it deplorable and disgusting that the groups involved in this lawsuit have tried to defame… the agency and discredit the two involved deputies and drag them through the mud for what is clearly their agenda in attempting to stop and derail the 287 program here in Frederick County.

Paulette Faulkner, an employee of Montgomery County’s Office of Child Support Enforcement, sent an email to Governor O’Malley in 2009, describing routine cases of illegals attempting to collect welfare benefits. She received a stern warning from then Department of Human Resources Deputy Secretary Stacy Rodgers not to complain.

Rodgers, who shares a seat with Torres on the Council for New Americans, told Faulkner to accept CASA de Maryland ID cards as legitimate identification. Faulkner refused, knowing that to follow that order would break the law. A short time later she was fired. She found no support from any legislator and was refused unemployment compensation. In the meantime, an audit revealed some 52,000 welfare recipients using invalid or non-existent social security numbers. A 2011 audit found similar problems.

Last year, Delegate Tony O’Donnell (R-Dist. 29C) proposed HB-28, “Public Benefits — Requirement of Proof of Lawful Presence” which would have addressed the problems identified both by Faulkner and the two audits. The bill reasonably required welfare recipients to prove their eligibility with a valid ID. Help Save Maryland President Brad Botwin and Howard County resident Tom Young both went to Annapolis to testify on the bill’s behalf, each taking significant time off from work to attend the hearing.

Protocol demands that those in favor of the proposed law testify first. In what was characterized as a deliberate slight, the committee chairman, Del. Norman Conway (D-Dist. 38B), instead called a long list of bill opponents, including CASA de Maryland, the ACLU and others. They testified for over an hour, whereupon Del. Conway abruptly ended the hearing and ran from the room, shutting out any possibility of allowing proponents to speak.

Walter Abbott

Walter Abbott is another Marylander who learned how vindictive Governor O’Malley’s state government can be. Abbott is a family man with two grown children and a wife of 29 years. Abbott lost his drywall business due to competition from illegals. He had written many letters to the governor and testified in Annapolis on the immigration issue.

In early 2008, he responded to an O’Malley campaign website, which featured a popup banner soliciting responses to the question: “How do you feel about the job Governor Martin O’Malley is currently doing for the State of Maryland?” He wrote in the response form, “If I ever got close enough, I’d wrap my hands around your throat and choke the life out of you, you piece of s*&t American sellout.” He included his full name and address.

Within two hours, the state police were at his door. Abbott admits it probably wasn’t the smartest way to express his opinion and issued an apology shortly thereafter. However that day he was arrested and jailed. A $2 million bond was imposed on him by an Hispanic court commissioner. For perspective, violent felons arrested for overtly criminal acts routinely get bond in the low thousands. Abbott spent four days in the county jail. Finally bail was reduced by another judge and he was allowed to go free on his own recognizance.

What followed was a four-year legal battle. The first trial led to a misdemeanor conviction, but only because Judge Dana Levitz refused to allow the jury to consider a First Amendment argument. The jury was left with no choice but to convict. An appeals court threw out the conviction because Judge Levitz had failed to explain the difference between a threat and First Amendment rights.

The state retried the case again in 2011 and lost in a mistrial. They retried it a third time and lost again in a mistrial. Finally in 2012 they decided to drop the case. It is worth noting that the original prosecutor, Leo Ryan, Jr., was an O’Malley crony. He is now a District Court associate judge.

Walter Abbott and his family suffered extreme hardship during this period. He has yet to be reimbursed for the $500 fine he paid, and the property seized the day he was arrested has not been returned. One writer characterized their saga as a “war on a working man.”

http://www.aim.org/special-report/marylands-endemic-corruption-an-object-lesson-for-the-nation/

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More arrests in alleged MS-13 slaying of N.J. man lured to woods in Maryland


Three of the five suspects in the killing of Jordy Mejia: from left, Reynaldo A. Granados-Vasquez, Jose Melendez-Rivera and Neris Moreno. (Montgomery County Police)

January 6

Five suspects have been arrested in a gang-style slaying in which prosecutors say the victim was lured to Maryland from New Jersey under a ruse that he would be meeting a woman with whom he had been communicating on Facebook.

“This is all MS-13 related,” Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Marybeth Ayres said during a court hearing Thursday for one suspect, Katerine Solorzano-Aparicio, 17, a student at Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg. She is charged as an adult in the case.

Ayres asked that Solorzano-Aparicio be held without bond, arguing that her status as an undocumented immigrant made her a flight risk and that her connection to the case put her in danger.

“The state feels strongly that for everybody’s safety, every conspirator in this case should remain incarcerated,” Ayres said.

The gang MS-13 — or Mara Salvatrucha — has made a resurgence in the Washington area over the past year, according to authorities. Known for its extreme violence and loyalty among members, the gang is active across the United States and in Central America.

On Nov. 12, hikers near Game Preserve Road in the Gaithersburg area found a decomposed body. Detectives later identified the remains as those of Jordy Mejia, 22, of Guttenberg, N.J., who had been missing since Oct. 15.

Officials have not said how they think Mejia was killed; it isn’t clear whether they know with certainty, given the condition of his remains.

In court Thursday, District Judge Eric Nee ordered Solorzano-Aparicio held without bond. Four other suspects arrested this week in the case, ranging in age from 16 to 21, also have been denied bond.

Three of the five were most recently living in Maryland, according to court records and hearings. The other two were last living in New Jersey.

The suspects’ statuses as recent immigrants with ambiguous or illegal immigration status — and limited ties to the community — have played a role in bond decisions in the case.

Of the five, at least three are in the country illegally, according to court proceedings. One of the others has an immigration detainer lodged against him, according to jail officials, an indication he also may be in the country illegally.

An examination of Mejia’s Facebook account revealed that he had been communicating in October with someone in Maryland he thought was named Shaila Smith. He came to Maryland, believing he was going to meet her, court files show. After arriving, he exchanged Facebook messages with Shaila Smith — which police say was not the person’s real name — and was told a car would pick him up to take him to her, the court records say.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/more-arrests-in-alleged-ms-13-murder-of-nj-man-lured-to-woods-in-maryland/2017/01/05/96911d9a-d38c-11e6-945a-76f69a399dd5_story.html?utm_term=.03e137edd5b5

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