Action: Call your local Sheriff or Chief of Police to inquire as to their position on using local law enforcement to target and remove undocumented immigrants from the US.
Background Information: Trump’s immigration ban and news of recent ICE raids are creating panic and fear in many communities. Many raids are taking place in cooperation with law enforcement and in some communities police departments are reaching out to contact ICE when undocumented immigrants are arrested, prior to being formally charged. While there is not proof that this is occurring in Carroll County (yet) we want to be pro-active and reach out to our local police to see what they are planning to do when this situation arises. We want to take an active role, albeit a small step, in alleviating fear that our immigrant neighbors are experiencing.
Sample script (from wall_of_us.org): Hello, I am calling to see what Sheriff/Chief [______]’s position is on supporting the President Trump’s policies targeting lawful undocumented immigrants. Is Sheriff/Chief [____________] voluntarily making the decision to enforce Trumps new policy of targeting lawful undocumented immigrants? I wanted to make sure that the sheriff/chief is aware that local law enforcement is not legally required to assist the federal government in enforcing federal law. In fact, the principle of Separation of Powers in the US Constitution makes it clear that the sheriff can decide whether or not to enforce federal law and policy. What is the Sheriff/Chief’s position on this?
If planning to cooperate with enforcement of Trump’s new policy say this:
I oppose my local taxes being used to enforce federal immigration law. The enforcement of immigration law should be left to the federal government and not transferred to local law enforcement. The costs are a drain on local resources and divert funding from more effective safety and crime prevention methods. By eroding trust and cooperation between local law enforcement and immigrant communities, public safety is also undermined.
If planning not to enforce Trumps new policy say this:
Thank you, for making the decision to not enforce Trump’s policies. Many members of our community support your decision.
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Jim DeWees
Hampstead Police Dept
Chief of Police: R. Kenneth Meekins
Manchester Police Dept
Chief: Gerald Gall
Sykesville Police Dept
Chief of Police: John Williams
Taneytown Police Dept
Police Chief: William E. Tyler