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
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/
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.
- Recent immigration detentions have included that of a woman in Texas who was in court to obtain a protective order against an abusive partner. http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/16/515685385/ice-detains-a-victim-of-domestic-abuse-at-texas-courthouse
- Police chiefs across the US have denounced the President's request for local officers to also serve as immigration officers, stating that the move serves to make their jobs more difficult, harming "locally-based community-oriented policing." https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/01/police-chiefs-letter-trump-deportation-immigrants
- Bel Air Police detain woman walking, question her immigration status:
"That's not going to be the norm to ask someone if they're illegal, or if they're legal. That's not what we want. When you start doing that to people of color, of different origin, different cultures, you start to develop a level of mistrust among those people," Moore said. "That's not what we want in the Town of Bel Air. We want to build trust and a level of cooperation among all our citizens.
- As Anne Arundel considers holding undocumented immigrants for ICE, some urge caution
- Looking to Police for Immigration Enforcement:
- Trump wants to enlist local police in immigration crackdown:
- Sanctuary Cities: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/sanctuary-cities/
“If ICE finds that the inmate is undocumented, it submits a detainer request to the county jail. ICE typically asks jails to hold inmates an extra 48 hours after they would otherwise be released so they can get a warrant to begin deportation proceedings. Under Trump’s new policy, ICE could begin deportation earlier in the process, before criminal proceedings are complete. The Department of Homeland Security has said that complying with these requests is voluntary because keeping someone in jail without a warrant violates the 4th Amendment. So, what happens next depends on county policy.”