DOJ threatens to withhold crime-fighting funds from four sanctuary cities – Baltimore City Makes The First List

Baltimore City is the first of the Sanctuary Cities in Maryland to receive the letter, along with 3 other cities.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reinforcing threats to go after sanctuary cities, warning the administration may withhold federal crime-fighting funds for four places struggling with gun violence.

It is the latest threat made by Sessions in his public campaign to force cooperation between local authorities and federal immigration officials.

The Justice Department sent letters to police departments in Baltimore, Md., Albuquerque, N.M., Stockton and San Bernardino, Calif. telling them if they wanted federal help to root out drug trafficking and gang crime, they’d have to work with federal immigration authorities.

Among other things, the Justice Department said they must give the authorities access to jails and provide advance notice before releasing someone in custody who is wanted on immigration violations.

The four cities targeted had all expressed interest in the DOJ’s new Public Safety Partnership, which enlists federal agents, analysts and technology to help communities find solutions to crime.

“Based on our review, we have concluded that your jurisdiction has levels of violence that exceed the national average, that your jurisdiction is ready to receive the intensive assistance the Department is prepared to provide, and that your jurisdiction is taking steps to reduce its violent crime,” the Aug. 3 letter said.

The letter sent by the DOJ to the four prospective cities’ police departments also asks them for proof of their compliance to step up efforts to help detain and deport people in the United States illegally. The deadline is Aug. 18.

Separately last week, Sessions told jurisdictions they need to meet the same conditions or lose out on millions of dollars from a separate program that aims to send grant money to support law enforcement.

The attorney general rolled out the rules as part of his promised crackdown on sanctuary cities.

His threat didn’t sit well with some – prompting a defiant pushback on the request.

Under old rules, cities seeking grant money needed only to show that they weren’t prohibiting local law enforcement from communicating with immigration authorities.

Police use the money for everything from bulletproof vests to body cameras.

Sessions unveiled the policy amid speculation about whether he would retain his job following President Trump’s blistering public criticism for his recusal from the Russia probe. The terse warning from the president seems, for now, to have subsided.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/03/doj-threatens-to-withhold-crime-fighting-funds-from-four-sanctuary-cities.html

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DOJ demands new jail immigration policy if Baltimore wants to join crime-fighting program

Pam Wood

August 3, 2017

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Baltimore officials Thursday that if the city wants to participate in a new federal crime-fighting program, they must cooperate with Trump administration immigration enforcement efforts that the state attorney general says could be unconstitutional, at a jail they do not control.

The state, not the city, operates the Baltimore city jail. And Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has issued an opinion that honoring so-called administrative detainers — requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that individuals suspected of immigration violations be held for up to 48 hours after they’re scheduled to be released — could violate their constitutional rights.

In a letter sent Thursday to Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, the Department of Justice asked Baltimore and three other cities to show that they will honor the requests if they want to participate in the new Public Safety Partnership program.

“The Department of Justice is committed to supporting our law enforcement at every level, and that’s why we’re asking ‘sanctuary’ jurisdictions to stop making their jobs harder,” Sessions said in a statement.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/politics/bs-md-ci-sessions-jail-letter-20170803-story.html

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Teen Who Died in Texas Smuggling Truck Was a DREAMer Raised in Virginia – Was Trying To Get Back To Maryland Parents

Fuentes, who died, was trying to get back to Maryland

He was sneaking back into the United States to be reunited with his parents — undocumented immigrants now living in Maryland — when he died in the stifling hot, pitch-black trailer of an 18-wheeler in San Antonio, according to the consul of Guatemala in McAllen, Texas.

Frank Giusseppe Fuentes, 19, was born in Guatemala, but came to the U.S. illegally with his parents when he was 2 years old, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

He was deported in March after being convicted of assault and battery by a mob and was a suspected member of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, gang, ICE spokesperson Carissa Cutrell said in a statement.

But a friend said Fuentes was more than what his criminal record portrayed him to be.

“He brought so much positivity to so many people,” Kelly Barrios-Mazariegos, who grew up with Fuentes, told the Washington Post. “Every time you would tell him there was a problem or something, he would giggle, and he would say we would figure it out.”

Fuentes grew up in Virginia just 10 miles east of the nation’s capital and graduated from J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church in 2015, NBC Washington reported.

He was sneaking back into the United States to be reunited with his parents — undocumented immigrants now living in Maryland — when he died in the stifling hot, pitch-black trailer of an 18-wheeler in San Antonio, according to the consul of Guatemala in McAllen, Texas.

The truck driver, James Matthew Bradley Jr., 60, has been charged with transporting undocumented immigrants for financial gain and could face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted. Bradley has told officials he had no idea what was in the back of his truck until he made a pit stop in San Antonio and heard banging from inside.

In addition to the 10 people who died, dozens were hospitalized with heatstroke and dehydration, officials said.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Fuentes was granted a reprieve from deportation under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. As a so-called “DREAMer” — an undocumented immigrant who came to the U.S. as a young child — Fuentes was permitted to stay until his DACA grant expired on June 5, 2016. His most recent DACA filing on June 23, 2016 was denied by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

His friend said she exchanged Snapchat messages with him a month ago and that Fuentes was struggling to adjust to life in Guatemala.

Image: Human Smuggling
A couple visits a make-shift memorial in the parking lot of a Walmart store on July 24, 2017 in San Antonio. Eric Gay / AP

“He’s been here forever,” Barrios-Mazariegos told the Post. “He doesn’t know what Guatemala was. His home is here, his friends are here, his family is here.”

His parents have asked for his body to be returned to them, Cristy Andrino, the consul of Guatemala told NBC News. Andrino confirmed Fuentes was trying to get to his family in Maryland when he died, but wouldn’t discuss the case further.

“I was talking to his father and he kindly requested not to speak about his son out of respect,” she said.

At least two other Guatemalans were in the truck and both survived, Andrino said. One is a minor and the other is an adult.

Mexicans were among the other victims. The country’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday that seven Mexican died and 27 were still in the hospital.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/immigration-border-crisis/teen-who-died-texas-smuggling-truck-was-dreamer-raised-virginia-n786696

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Watch Live – President Trump, Senator Cotton, and Senator Perdue Introduce the RAISE Act – Cutting Yearly Visas In Half

As part of American Dream Week, President Donald J. Trump will introduce the RAISE Act, which will address our current outdated immigration system which fails to meet the diverse needs of our economy.

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President Trump, Senator Cotton, and Senator Perdue Introduce the RAISE Act
Today, Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue will join President Donald Trump at the White House to introduce The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act). The RAISE Act is aimed at creating a skills-based immigration system that will make America more competitive, raise wages for American workers, and create jobs. Americans deserve a raise.

Watch live here:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-trump-makes-announcement-senator-tom-cotton-and-senator-david-perdue

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The City Of College Park Next In Line To Break Federal Law Considering Illegal Aliens To Vote – Maryland city to allow non-citizens to vote…again

Commentary:  I hope these cities understand, it is a law, regardless of Cities, Counties and States, that Illegal Aliens are not afforded the right to vote.  The City of College Park Maryland is now considering this offer.  We, the Citizens should seriously consider filling a civil lawsuit against these cities in Maryland that allow this.  Listed are the 8 other cities who can face lawsuits.  Contact the Mayor of College Park: pwojahn@collegeparkmd.gov, and for other contacts in the City, go here.

http://www.fairus.org/issue/noncitizens-voting-violations-and-u-s-elections

Noncitizen Voting Is Illegal

Elections in the United States are governed by a complicated mix of federal, state, and municipal election laws. As a rule, noncitizens are prohibited from voting and are subject to criminal penalties if they do.

State Elections
With very limited exceptions, noncitizen voting is illegal under the relevant statutes of all fifty states. 4 However, laws requiring voting registrants and voters to establish proof of citizenship have been repeatedly challenged in recent years. 5The most frequent objections to these reasonable measures are that voter fraud is a “myth” and that voter ID requirements will unreasonably interfere with the right to vote. However, these claims seem patently unreasonable given that there have been numerous reports of unlawful voting by aliens but no virtually no reports of voters being disenfranchised.7

Marking a disturbing new trend, several municipalities in Maryland have begun allowing noncitizens to vote in town elections; and the City of Chicago now allows noncitizen voting in school advisory council elections.To date, no state has extended noncitizen voting beyond municipal elections. This, however, remains a major area of concern. State efforts to extend the franchise to noncitizens undermine the rule of law; blur the distinctions between citizens and noncitizens; and render U.S. elections susceptible to both fraud and foreign influence.

Federal Elections
The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) requires that persons registering to vote in federal elections affirm that they are United States Citizens. Failure to do so is a crime punishable under the following statutes:

  • Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 611, it is a crime – punishable by a fine and up to one year in prison – for an alien to vote in a federal election.
  • Pursuant to 8 U.S.C. § 1227, any alien who has voted in violation of any Federal, State, or local constitutional provision, statute, ordinance, or regulation is deportable.
  • Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1973gg-10(2) any false statement concerning an applicant’s citizenship status that is made on a registration form submitted to election authorities is a crime.
  • Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 911 knowing and willful false assertions of United States citizenship in order to vote are punishable by up to three years in prison.
  • Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 1015(f) it is a criminal offense for an individual to make a false statement or claim that he or she is a citizen of the United States in order to register or to vote.

By Robert Knight

August 2, 2017

If you want to know where the progressive left wants to take U.S. elections, a trip through Maryland’s Washington, D.C.-area suburban counties is instructive.

The City of College Park in Prince George’s County is on the verge of becoming the ninth city in Maryland to allow non-citizens – including illegal aliens – to vote in municipal elections.

In a revealing 20-minute video of a June 7 council meeting, city officials discussed how best to get rid of the citizenship requirement so that virtually anyone of legal age living in the city can vote.  A council vote is slated for August 8.

One councilwoman noted that in the hippie community of Takoma Park (modifier added), where 16-year-olds can vote, “they do not ask and do not care if the resident is in their city legally or not,” a policy she indicated should be adopted by College Park.

One lone College Park council member opined that immigration status should be a factor and that the council could serve all residents without letting unqualified residents vote.

Because elections loom in November, the council discussed creating a separate deadline for citizens and non-citizens to register before the election.  Citizens must register 28 days ahead of an election.  But non-citizens can register up to 14 days before the election if the city charter amendment is approved.

When someone asked whether legal residents who missed the 28-day mark could have a grace period up to 14 days, the idea was quickly dismissed.  Welcome to the new America, where actual citizens are intentionally disadvantaged.

The eight other Maryland cities that already allow non-citizens to vote include Hyattsville, which is also in Prince George’s County and is a “sanctuary city,” and Mount Rainier, also in Prince George’s, which amended its charter in January.  The others are Takoma Park, Barnesville, Glen Echo, Garrett Park, Martin’s Additions, and Somerset, all of which are in tony Montgomery County.

The radical nature of this voting scheme reflects the progressive view that borders are merely artificial inconveniences and that citizenship is a leftover concept from slave-holding days that should give way to global consciousness.

Apparently, no documentation will be needed at all for non-citizens, green card holders, undocumented fence-jumpers, or over-stays on visas.  The council did informally agree to “retain the other qualifications” that Maryland law stipulates, barring felons and mentally incapacitated people – presumably Republicans.
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