Thousands of Signatures Opposing Secure Communities in Montgomery

Rockville, MD (April 10th, 2012) – On Tuesday, April 10th, Montgomery County residents will travel to county police headquarters to protest the forced implementation of the discredited “Secure Communities” program and ask the police department to respect immigrant communities.

They will deliver thousands of signed petitions asking to the police department to stop delivering their family members and neighbors into ICE custody.

In February, Montgomery and Baltimore officials received formal notification that ICE would be activating the failed Secure Communities program in their communities. In response, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined jurisdictions across the country by taking aggressive action to protect immigrants in her jurisdiction.

In March, she signed an Executive Order that protects Baltimore residents from racial profiling and discriminatory treatment based on race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, and English language proficiency.

Despite repeated pleas from advocacy organizations, Montgomery County has failed to take similar action and Police Chief Tom Manger has been broadly quoted denying the impact of the program.  Montgomery County residents on Tuesday will carry petitions to the police department describing that they no longer trust the police.

The Maryland Commission on Family Unity brings together more than twenty civil rights groups, faith institutions, domestic violence organizations, youth services groups, and diverse immigrant organizations to advocate that Maryland communities remain strong and immigrant families remain together despite the broken immigration system.

WHAT:      MARCH AND RALLY

WHERE:    Montgomery County Police Headquarters, 2350 Research Blvd., Rockville, MD

WHEN:      TUESDAY, APRIL 10TH, 2012 4:00 P.M.

WHO:        Community Residents, the Maryland Commission on Family Unity

 

About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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