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Action-A-Day 3/28: Support the Maryland Trust Act and the Due Process of Law

ACTION.  Work with Local Law Enforcement and State legislators to Support the Maryland Trust Act to keep Maryland safe and free from Unconstitutional Executive Orders.

OVERVIEW.   Executive, law enforcement, and local legislative officials need illegal immigrants to have less fear of deportation so they will be more willing to report crimes, cooperate with law enforcement, use health services and enroll their children in school. Research shows communities are safer, healthier and more economically independent, when trust exists between law enforcement and the communities they serve.      http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/247880-communities-are-safer-when-law-enforcement-roles-are

"Sanctuary policies and practices are not designed to harbor criminals. On the contrary, they exist to support community policing, ensuring that the community at large — including immigrant communities — trusts state and local law enforcement and feels secure in reporting criminal conduct. Cooperation with federal immigration enforcement officials still can exist. State and local law enforcement should carefully tailor policies to ensure that community policing is not undermined. What everyone wants is a safe community." ----- Richard S. Biehl, 7/15/15. The Hill

The now politicized term, "sanctuary city" is being used to undermine trust around the country and in Maryland.   Similarly, popular opinion about the meaning of and the designation of "sanctuary city", is without a precise, legal definition which is creating a slippery slope politically.  Meanwhile, approximately 400 U.S. jurisdictions, including cities, counties and states, reportedly have adopted "sanctuary policies" in order to keep citizens safe.

In January of 2017, Donald Trump made good on his promise to deport millions of immigrants.  He declared via Executive Order 13768,  ( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13768), a list of prohibitions and requirements for local governments in order for them to continue receiving federal funds.  He stated Sanctuary Cities will be punished.  However, his impressment of local jurisdictions (without funding) to carry out federal law enforcement duties, is sharply prohibited by the US Constitution.  The Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that the federal government may not 'commandeer' state and local officials by compelling them to enforce federal law. Such policies violate the Tenth Amendment. Executive order 13768, goes even further and has circumvented the rule of law, by eliminating the Congress from participation in this very important matter of regulation.

As further protection for all people residing in the Great State of Maryland, the State legislature has crafted HB 1362, which passed the House last week; and SB 0835 which will be coming before the State Senate this week.

Governor Larry Hogan has made the veto of this bill the centerpiece of his talking points.  Contrary  to the wording and intent of these bills, (read them below) the Governor has insisted he will veto them if they come to his desk as law.  He claims the House has been misguided and the imposition of this law would hinder law enforcement of their duty.  However, upon reading these bills it is clear, it is the Governor who now appears to be misguided.  In his talking points he is confusing a criminal act and the laws and duties of State and Local Law Enforcement, with the duties and obligations of Federal Immigration Law.  Furthermore, the choice to abdicate fiscal responsibility in favor of fear, is not acceptable.  The governor must be held accountable to the people of Maryland and to a potentially devastating assault on our democracy and democratic ideals.  Stand with the people and tell him NO more pandering to faulty fears.  The Constitution and the people it stands for deserve better.

TAKE ACTION.   
1).  Call the Senate members today and ask them to support SB 0835.  
To find your Maryland representatives, put your address in here: http://mdelect.net/

2).  Call Governor Hogan and ask him to do his duty and be the fiscally responsible, socially responsible man he claims to be. Tell him your position is to support the Maryland Trust Act, which strengthens States Rights and prevents Unconstitutional Federal over reach.   This bill gives our local law enforcement more tools to serve our communities in safety.


LAWRENCE J. HOGAN, JR., Governor
    •    State House
    •    100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401 - 1925
    •    (410) 974-3901; 1-800-811-8336 (toll free, Maryland)
    •    e-mail, see http://governor.maryland.gov/contact-the-governors-office/
    •    fax: (410) 974-3275; tdd: (410) 333-3098
    •    web: www.governor.maryland.gov

Sample Script 1   Governor Hogan, as a fiscally responsible Marylander, concerned with our resources and with the ability of local law enforcement agents to do their duty safely, I request that you sign the Maryland Trust Act into law, when it gets to your desk.  Marylanders need to know they can go to police and local officers without fear.  

Sample Script 2.   Senator_____________, please vote in support of the Maryland Trust Act.  I believe all persons deserve the protections outlined in the U.S. Constitution.  This law helps enforce that and precludes federal mis-use of Executive Orders.  

SOURCES FOR FURTHER RESEARCH 

Maryland Senate Bill text - SB0835
Maryland House Bill text - HB1362
 

U.S. Constitutional Amendments:
Amendment IV:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. ( This protection extends to aliens as well as citizens)

Amendment X:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

Understanding the History of Sanctuary Cities in Faith traditions.
Sanctuary has been associated with Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Baha'i, Sikhism, and Hinduism.  In Western Civilization, sanctuary cities can be traced back to the Old Testament.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctuary_city

Can Local Police handle Federal Duties?
http://www.darlingtonwi.org/Immigration.pdf

Dangers In Trumps Immigration Crackdown
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-california-jails-20170126-story.html

Understanding State Government
https://www.ourstates.org/

Washington Post: Maryland Trust Act, Defended by Del Kathleen Dumais, Co Sponsor attacked By Jeff Sessions, who hasn't yet read the bills before the legislature.  
https://apple.news/A5ns1ifOgSt2kfNaU88dMWg