Trump administration says Maryland counties releasing undocumented immigrants

John Fritze Contact Reporter The Baltimore Sun

Three Maryland counties released undocumented immigrants last month despite requests from federal authorities to keep them in jail, according to a report Monday that is a result of one of President Donald Trump‘s first executive orders.

One of the Maryland jurisdictions cited in the report — Montgomery County — swiftly disputed the report’s findings.

The Department of Homeland Security report, which found that 206 requests to hold immigrants in the country illegally were declined nationwide, is among the first steps the Trump administration is taking to crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities.” The report is part of an effort to pressure local officials into changing their policies.

At issue is how cities and counties handle inmates who are in the country illegally and when they are supposed to be released from jail. Hundreds of jurisdictions in Maryland and across the country have said they will not hold immigrants beyond their scheduled release if federal agents make that request — known as a detainer — unless it is accompanied by a warrant.

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Hannity Discusses Rockville High School Rape And Other Illegal Alien Criminals

Fox News’ Sean Hannity opened Tuesday night’s edition of “Hannity” with a monologue about illegal immigrant crime amid an uproar over the alleged rape of a 14-year-old Maryland girl by two Central American suspects, at least one of whom was in the U.S. illegally.


“[The victim of] this terrible crime is just the latest in a long list of Americans who are victims because of illegal immigration,” said Hannity, who referenced the 2015 shooting of Kate Steinle in San Francisco.

“We’re not protecting the American people,” Hannity said. “[And] these high-profile incidents, well, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.”

According to Hannity, “36.6 percent of all federal sentences [in 2015] were given to illegal aliens, including convictions for drug trafficking, kidnapping and, yes, murder … Between 2013 and 2015, despite the dangers we just showed you, the Obama administration released 86,288 criminal illegal aliens right back into the general U.S. population.”

Referencing President Donald Trump’s now-infamous comments about Mexican immigrants at the outset of his presidential campaign, Hannity said that Trump “is right [and] was right. We can never forget those whose lives were destroyed by illegal immigrants.”

Following his monologue, Hannity was joined by Laura Wilkerson and Sabine Durden — both of whose sons were killed by illegal aliens.


“I’m so disgusted by what I hear about this rape. This poor child of 14 years old is forever scarred,” Wilkerson said. “She’s going to have night terrors. She’s going to wake up screaming in the middle of the night. … Anytime of day or night, it’s going to live in her brain for the next couple of years.”

“She will never grow up as she would have without this happening,” Durden concurred before asking, “What does it take for people on the left or on the right? Does it take your child in an urn, like my son? … Does it take that for somebody to wake up and get behind our president to stop this insanity with the illegals crossing our borders, harming our citizens? When are we going to come first?”

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Questions From Parents At Rockville High School Go Mostly Unanswered – WUSA9


ROCKVILLE, MD (WUSA9) – Montgomery County parents are searching for answers tonight after police continue to investigate the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl at Rockville High School.

Police say the incident happened last Thursday. Authorities accused the victim’s fellow students, Jose O. Montano, 17, and Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, 18, of committing the crime. Sanchez-Milian is an undocumented immigrant according to immigration officials.

RELATED: Questions answered about ruling on student immigration status

Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith answered questions about the case, Tuesday evening, alongside the Montgomery County Police Department.

Read: Montgomery County Schools FAQ on the “Enrollment of International Students”

Dr. Smith told the press the incident occurred in a remote area, toward the back of the school, where there were few students. He added that the victim also knew one of her attackers.

“The student who committed the crime is primarily responsible,” said Dr. Smith. “I am responsible, all of the people who work in Montgomery County schools are responsible. We all take responsibility for it.”

Police said they did not have any information on any of the alleged attackers being affiliated with a gang. They said the pair have also never been in contact with Montgomery County police as suspects in any other case.

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Montgomery County, Police Chief, Tom Manger Down Plays Rockville Incident – Barney Fife? – Md. police chief: School security in place, but still limitations

 WASHINGTON — At Rockville High School, where a 14-year-old girl was raped on March 16, there are five security staffers and a school resource officer. But that doesn’t guarantee safety for all students, Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said.

“These high schools are big schools,” he said. “And yes, they have security cameras. Yes, they have a security staff. But anyone who thinks that something like this could not possibly happen just doesn’t understand the size of the schools and the limitations that you have with your security staff.”

“They just can’t be everywhere all the time,” he added.

Two students — 18-year-old Henry Sanchez-Milian and 17-year-old Jose Montano — have been charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense.

The immigration status of at least one of the suspects, Sanchez-Milian, has put this attack in the national spotlight. Sanchez-Milian is a Guatemalan citizen who had entered the U.S. illegally, according to a spokesman with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He had been questioned by Border Patrol in Texas back in August and had been issued a notice to appear before an immigration judge. (That appearance, an ICE spokesman said, is “currently waiting to be scheduled.”)

For Montano, a minor being charged as an adult, comments by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett have indicated that he had an ICE order against him as well.

ICE has listed Montgomery County as a jurisdiction that limits cooperation, making it the target of criticism in light of the ongoing national dialogue on immigration.

But Manger said such jurisdictional policy is irrelevant to the case.

“Our policy with regard to immigration would’ve had no impact whatsoever on this case,” he said, noting that the suspects had no prior contact with Montgomery County police.

“And as far as we can tell, had no criminal record in this country,” Manger said.

The chief said that residents “who think we should be a sanctuary jurisdiction” and residents “who believe that we should be engaging in immigration enforcement” both don’t like the current policy.

“But the fact is that neither one of those extremes is going to make for effective public safety in Montgomery County,” he said.

The vast majority of people arrested in Montgomery County, Manger added, are residents.

And the number of arrested people ICE has taken custody of (upon ICE’s request and upon the issuance of a warrant or other legal document) has declined over the past five years, he said.

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From AP – Reported By The Baltimore Sun – Fox 5 News At Rockville – Email Council President Berliner – Sanctuary List From ICE

MoCo Council President Berliner states, that they are not a sanctuary county, however, as stated in the video, at the end, that ICE released it’s updated list of sanctuary communities, and Montgomery County and Prince George’s County are now listed.

Homeland Security singles out 118 sanctuary jurisdictions that thwart ICE

Four metropolitan-area jurisdictions — the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland and Arlington in Virginia — are on the list as sanctuaries, putting them in danger of losing federal money if they don’t revise their policies.

By Kasey Jones AP

As officials reported that one of two students charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in a Maryland high school bathroom entered the United States illegally, the crime became part of a national debate on immigration.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer, in response to a reporter’s question at Tuesday’s press briefing, called the crime “shocking, disturbing, horrific.”

“I think part of the reason that the president has made illegal immigration and crackdown such a big deal is because of tragedies like this,” he said.

Henry Sanchez, 18, and Jose Montano, 17, were charged in the Thursday assault at Rockville High School. Court records do not list attorneys for either. The Washington Post reports that Sanchez lived in Guatemala until he was 17.

The 14-year-old girl was walking in a hallway when she met the teens. Montano asked the girl to walk with them and to have sex, but she refused, police said. Montano forced her into a boys’ bathroom and into a stall, where he and Sanchez raped her, police said.

In a Facebook post, Gov. Larry Hogan said he was “outraged” by what happened. “The State of Maryland is calling on Montgomery County to immediately and fully cooperate with all federal authorities during the investigation of this heinous crime,” Hogan wrote. “The public has a right to know how something this tragic and unacceptable was allowed to transpire in a public school.”

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