BALTIMORE (MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017) _ CASA commends the Baltimore County Council for tabling legislation that would have required the county to enter into a collaboration agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities, reversing the Executive Order issued by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz earlier this spring.
“Baltimore County’s current policy protects the constitutional rights of all residents and encourages public safety,” said CASA Regional Director Elizabeth Alex, “Today’s action by the council reassures its diverse residents that they are welcomed and protected.”
The legislation would have put into place an active collaboration agreement, also known as 287(g), that would have deputized county corrections officers to act as ICE officials. The 287(g) program has come under scrutiny across the country for shifting the cost burden of immigration enforcement to local jurisdictions, as well as for encouraging racial profiling and other civil rights abuses.
“The council’s action today reflects deep political divisions seen across the country as Trump supporters echo national attempts to implement unconstitutional policies to vilify immigrants and refugees,” said CASA’s Executive Director Gustavo Torres. “Baltimore County voters spoke loudly in rejecting Trump-style immigration policy, and will be looking closely at the positions of council members as they head to the polls in 2018.”
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