Do not make Mary­land a ‘sanc­tu­ary state’

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

That the Demo­crat con­trolled Mar yland Gen­eral Assem­bly House of Del­e­gates would vote to make Mary­land a sanc­tu­ary state. Dis­gust­ingly, Charles County Dels. Sally Jame­son (D-Charles) and Edith Pat­ter­son (D-Charles) both were pri­mary spon­sors of this hor­ren­dous bill (HB1362). And our Sen. Thomas “Mac” Middleton (D) was a pri­mary spon­sor in the Se­nate.

Most egre­gious about the de­bate on this bill was that House Democrats voted to re­ject an amend­ment by Repub­li­can Mi­nor­ity Leader Nic Kipke that would have pre­vented this pro­tec­tion from cover­ing ter­ror­ists or felons. Let that sink in…. Dels. Jame­son and Pat­ter­son spon­sored a bill to al­low ter­ror­ists and felons to be a pro­tected class and pro­hibit ev­ery lo­cal and state law en­force­ment of­fi­cial in Mar yland from re­spond­ing to any hold, no­ti­fi­ca­tion, or trans­fer re­quest for im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment pur­poses from any U.S. of­fi­cial at ei­ther ICE or Home­land Se­cu­rity.

The bill would also make it a statu­tory vi­o­la­tion for any Mary­land of­fi­cial (in­clud­ing, specif­i­cally, any em­ployee of a “pub­lic se­condary school”) to co­op­er­ate with ICE or Home­land Se­cu­rity on im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment ef­forts. This would even in­clude the “Rockville rapists.”

Don’t we all just feel good about our­selves and so much more se­cure thanks to the spon­sor­ing of Jame­son, Pat­ter­son, and Middleton of the “Mar yland Crim­i­nal Sanc­tu­ary Statute?” Not.

Re­cent polls show only 35 per­cent of Amer­i­cans fa­vor liv­ing with a sanc­tu­ary city/ county/state, and I doubt if those 35 per­cent have to deal with liv­ing next to any il­le­gals. Hon­estly, how can we keep elect­ing such out-of-touch politi­cians?

Jim Craw­ford, Bryan­town

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