Alertan sobre medida contra inmigrantes en Maryland

La delegada estatal de Maryland, Ana Sol Gutiérrez, alertó hoy sobre una medida que permitiría la cooperación de la policía local con las autoridades federales de inmigración en el Condado de Montgomery, en Maryland.

El ejecutivo del condado, Ike Leggett, enfrenta presiones para permitir la detención indefinida de extranjeros mientras autoriza llamadas al Servicio de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE) para una posible deportación.

La propuesta enfrenta preocupaciones por posibles abusos a los derechos civiles de los inmigrantes por su apariencia po parte de policías que carecen de la capacitación para aplicar las leyes federas de inmigración.

“Si se adopta este método, las ramificaciones legales y derechos civiles serán complejas y muy perjudiciales”, anotó la legisladora en un comunicado, en el que indica que Leggett puede tomar una decisión este mismo martes.

Sol Gutiérrez urgió a los residentes del condado a que expresen su oposición a esa medida llamando a la oficina de Leggett al (240) 777-2500 o por correo electrónico: [email protected] o [email protected]

Envíe su correo con con copia a [email protected]

Los temas que puede indicar, en inglés pueden ser:

–I oppose changing current County law enforcement policies to authorize police detentions based on an individual’s place of birth

–I oppose Mo. CO. police collaboration with ICE in enforcing federal immigration laws.

–I support Montgomery County’s long standing tradition which values the contributions of our productive, diverse, and hard working immigrant communities.

–I support policies that strengthen the public’s trust and protect individual civil liberties and human rights. I do not want Montgomery County to become the next Prince William County.

La siguiente es un modelo de carta al ejecutivo de Montgomery:

Dear County Executive Leggett:

I am a concerned Montgomery County resident and voter. Although there is no question that I believe that hardened criminals, especially those who engage in violent behavior, should be tried and incarcerated when found guilty, I believe that using place of birth and/or immigration status as a means to combat violent crime in Montgomery County is wrong for a number of reasons:

– Experiences in this County (or in the country) DO NOT support the existence of a connection between violent crimes and immigration status. On the contrary, a number of reputable studies show that immigrants, both documented and undocumented, commit fewer crimes than U.S-born residents.

– Recently in Montgomery County, the alleged need for targeting undocumented immigrants has been goaded by extremist, anti-immigrant groups, such as Help Save Maryland. Other jurisdictions such as Frederick County and Prince William County, Va, have adopted anti-immigrant measures that have achieved little more than vilifying members of those communities. Recently committed murders in Montgomery County are being used by such such groups to demand similar measures in Montgomery County and to seek to validate their unfounded claim that “immigrants are violent criminals”.

– Changing Montgomery County law enforcement policies regarding detention of foreign-born suspects and notification of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials will affect public safety and undermine the immigrant community’s trust of the police. Many crimes, including recent murders, were solved through cooperation from the immigrant community, including undocumented immigrants.

– Law enforcement officials, the State’s attorney, and the MD Judicial system have many effective legal tools at their disposal for dealing with violent criminals to ensure they are detained and not freed to commit other crimes.

In short, I oppose any change to Montgomery

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