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Action-A-Day 3/17: Support the Maryland Trust Act


ACTION: 
Call your State Senator and Delegates to show your support for the Maryland Trust Act.

WHAT IS THE MARYLAND TRUST ACT?
Maryland Law Enforcement and Governmental Trust Act, also known as “The Maryland Trust Act,” aims to ensure all residents - regardless of immigration status - feel confident contacting police should they be victims of a crime.  Further, it would make it illegal for police to stop or detain someone based on suspicion regarding their immigration status.  The bill also requires public schools, hospitals and courthouses to establish and publish policies that limit immigration enforcement on their premises. 

Senate Bill text - SB0835
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=billpage&stab=02&id=sb0835&tab=subject3&ys=2017RS

House Bill text - HB1362
http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?pid=billpage&tab=subject3&id=hb1362&stab=01&ys=2017RS

Choose Script, below.

SAMPLE SCRIPT 1:

When calling your State Senator:

Hi, my name is _____. I am a constituent of Senator ___. I am calling to ask for the senator’s support for SB0835 currently pending before the Senate, which is known as the Maryland Trust Act.  I believe it is critical that all Maryland residents, regardless of immigration status, have confidence that law enforcement personnel will protect them if they are victims of a crime.  Thank you for your time.

When calling your State Delegates:

Hi, my name is _____. I am a constituent of Delegate ___. I am calling to ask for the delegate's support for HB1362 currently pending before the House, which is known as the Maryland Trust Act.  I believe it is critical that all Maryland residents, regardless of immigration status, have confidence that law enforcement personnel will protect them if they are victims of a crime.  Thank you for your time.

SAMPLE SCRIPT 2:
(You can adapt it for Senate or House)

Hi, my name is _____. I am a constituent of ___. I am calling to ask for support for Senate Bill 0835 [or House Bill 1362 if you’re calling a delegate], which is known as the Maryland Trust Act.  Local officers are not meant to enforce Federal Law. I believe local officers should not do the job of immigration officers, in addition to their normal local community policing, because it makes their jobs more difficult and less efficient. In addition, detaining immigrants will use our local tax dollars.

To find your Maryland representatives, put your address in here: http://mdelect.net/

BACKGROUND/LEARN MORE:

Keep in mind that our Republican representatives likely do not support this bill, because they believe it will make our state a sanctuary state. Have they considered the large amount of taxpayer dollars that will need to be spent enforcing Federal law that our officers already are not required to enforce? In addition, Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees has expressed sentiments that seem to support the bill's ideals.