Rawlings-Blake Opposes New Immigration Enforcement Program

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Despite protests from city leaders nationwide, a controversial immigration enforcement program comes to Baltimore.  It started Tuesday and Baltimore’s mayor is speaking out against it. 

Gigi Barnett has more.

Right across the street from Baltimore’s Central Booking was a rally to block a controversial jail-based deportment program.

“We are going backwards instead of forwards in our country if this is the way it’s going to be,” said Lisa O’Reilly, proteter.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also called ICE, launched its Secure Communities program this week. It requires local police officers and prison guards to share all fingerprints of arrestees with the FBI. The FBI then gives that information over to ICE, which uses the prints to track and later deport undocumented immigrants. Baltimore’s Central Booking is where the process starts because everyone who’s arrested stops there first.

“It opens the door for racial profiling and civil rights abuses. People are charged with very minor crimes,” said Elizabeth Alex, Casa de Maryland.

Members of Casa de Maryland, a civil rights group for Hispanics, says it makes their community anything but secure because the fear of deportation will overshadow the need to build strong relationships with police.

“This is Baltimore City. The people, they’re going to be afraid, `I will get arrested,'” said Esteban Guevara, a legal immigrant.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined the ranks of city leaders nationwide who are speaking out against Secure Communities. In a written statement, she said, “We recognize that the city of Baltimore plays no role in the implementation of the program and that I have no control over ICE’s actions. However, I am extremely disheartened by this recent decision to implement the program in Baltimore and the manner in which it is being carried out.”

The “Secure Communities” program is in 1,500 cities and counties nationwide.

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  1. Jerry says:

    It’s about time something is done. If the Mayor is against the ICE program I would like to know what she’s thinking. All this program is gonna do is to help get the neighborhoods a little saver and give some jobs back to the people of Baltimore. In the long run it might help the economy.

  2. BRIAN says:

    Well this a a great plan. If you are not ILLEGAL you have nothing to worry about, but if you are. DEPORT your ass back to the country you came from. If Boarder Patrol had a little more ability to Perminately prevent boarder crossings, we would not deal with this matter at all. GET RID OF ALL ILLEGALS!!!!!

    1. GAIL says:

      YOU TUBE – CRIME VICTIMS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS 8/28/08

  3. MD VOTER says:

    Good its about time the immigration laws are enforced. Laws are on the books for a reason. If the laws are not going to be enforced then remove them and let people do anything they want and we all will suffer. I could care less what Casa de Maryland thinks. Either you are legal or you are not………..if not then deport them.

  4. think about it says:

    I’ve got news for you, racial profiling and civil rights abuses are already rampant among criminals looking for easy targets. That’s right. Muggers, insurance companies, employers, violent offenders, sex traffickers… they are racial profiling and abusing the civil rights of illegals like CRAZY. Add to that, the violent crimes committed BY the illegals who have no fear of repercussions (because we can’t identify them) stalking their prey here. That’s a much better situation for all concerned than sending them back. Right? Open your eyes, Mayor RB. Seriously.

  5. Ernie says:

    If you’re not an illegal why would you have any fear of being deported? And, why should our penal system be supporting illegal aliens?

    It’s no discriminatory at all. If you’re hear illegally you are at risk (although not very likely) to get deported.

    The potential problem is if criminals get deported they will be free when they get home and will jump right back over the border.

  6. Debbie says:

    Maybe it is time the mayor worried about the “LEGAL” ciitizens. Getting rid of “ILLEGALS” will only improve our state and stop the constant drain those here illegally put on our system.
    If you are not here legally, you do not belong here at all. It is about time MD stops being considered an “illegal friendly” state.

  7. Bill says:

    I often wonder how much in debt Local, State and Federal governments would be in debt if we only supported Citizens of this country? I also wonder why we continue to fund other countries when we cannot fund our own?

    How is it that our elected officals are quick to tax citizens but only defend illegals?

  8. Sue says:

    If you have come to America LEGALLY … welcome!

    If you have come to America ILLEGALLY, there will be logical consequences.

    I’m not sure why our elected officials have trouble understanding the word, “ILLEGAL”.

  9. Ricci Adams says:

    Hello, thery are not here legally, plus they have to have done harm to be arrested. If you are here to become a citizen and are hard working God Bless you; however, if you are here to do harm, we do not want you.

  10. ZOO says:

    “…Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined the ranks of city leaders nationwide who are speaking out against Secure Communities…”

    CBS pro-illegal propaganda. When they say “nationwide”, they mean the cesspools of NYC and LA. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake should be dragged from office with pitchforks and torches. Recall this traitor!

  11. HelpSaveMaryland.com says:

    Once again the Mayor of Baltimore sells out the taxpaying citizens of the city and instead supports the criminal illegal aliens. Illegal aliens use our schools, hospitals, other social services and take our jobs too All of which should be reserved for citizens only. No Amnesty for illegal aliens. Enforce the law!

    Join http://www.HelpSaveMaryland.com

  12. June says:

    It’s simple to know why so-called Americans favor illegal immigration. Just follow the money.

  13. GAIL says:

    immigrantioncounters.com

  14. Delaware Bob says:

    If the illegal aliens are fearful of being deported, why not leave on your own and end the problem. If you are in this country ILLEGALLY, you have NO RIGHT to be here! What is it you don’t understand about that? GEEEEEEZ!

    As for Rawlings-Blake, he sounds like a real idiot to me.

  15. John Bowman says:

    Why is a program that protects and benefits American citizens “controversial”?

    The controversy should really be about why treasonous American politicians and media support the interests of intruding foreign career criminals over those of American citizens.

    1. Rodrigo says:

      Posted on I’d must test with you here, which isn’t something I lsualuy do! I get pleasure from reading a post that will make folks think. Thanks for permitting me to remark!

  16. L.A.Black says:

    The mayor is another black politician who sees illegal aliens and their legal relatives as voters for the Democrat party. Shame on her. The black citizens in Los Angeles were sold the lie of a black-brown political coalition and all that happened is the blacks, who were the majority, became the minority. The latino majority now ignores black citizens. Black politicians were replaced with latino politicians.
    When it comes to illegal immigration, there are two kinds of black politicians. The Judas blacks like the mayor, and blacks who realize that pandering for a few hispanic votes now will ultimately lead to the destruction of black neighborhoods, employment and political power. The mayor is a sell-out.

  17. Sophia says:

    The only aspect of this story that was controversial was the rally that was held to protest the implementation of the Secure Communities program in Baltimore.

  18. hope123 says:

    its about time

  19. Dave Francis says:

    There is so much corruption in Washington and the state level, which is why illegal entry is not a felony. This is unquestionable tyranny against the will of the people, that Washington DC has no intention of approving any real immigration enforcement? That we must keep paying for everybody who flies in from anywhere, climbs the fence or just parts the simple barbed rusty wire and slips through. I, like millions of other patriotic Americans are furious and frustrated for paying my fair share for the upkeep of anybody who can steal into America. Ron Paul, contender for the White House is correct, when he stated at the last debate in Arizona, put the troops that are in Iran and Afghanistan and deploy them fully armed along the border.

    There is only one cure for the corruption in federal agencies and that is joining the TEA PARTY. Thousands of fraudulent programs will be exposed and billions of dollars will be saved. This confronts the rot that has entered the Democratic and the Republican parties, and the astronomical deficit that America is suffering from. Read some unrevealed evidence at Judicial Watch, that is a legal non-profit website. Judicial Watch is the opposite of the Communist backed ACLU; a panderer to the illegal alien invaders. In addition, NumbersUSA gives you in depth analysis of costs to taxpayers and insider news from Congress. Lastly, the positive controversial website of “American Patrol” gives you one-click bridging news editions to the nationwide media, where the truth prevails in articles suppressed by the overwhelming Liberal press. It is only new TEA PARTY leaders will reveal the corrupt in Congress and return us to a small efficient government, with no free crony handouts to wealthy donors.

    Why doesn’t Congress revise the original E-Verify plus bill introduced by Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Homeland Security Chairman Peter King(R-NY) in 2005? The Border Protection, Anti-terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act (H.R. 4437) had all the stringent enforcement needed? It required the use of E-verify and made it a felony to be in the USA illegally. It also increased penalties for employing illegal workers to $7,500 for first time offenses, $15,000 for second offenses, and $40,000 for all subsequent offenses. It also, caused the housing of removed aliens to become a felony crime. It passed in the House by a vote of 239 to 182, but questionably it didn’t find passage in the Senate?

    The usual stomach churning zealots complained, so REAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT never took center stage, with the combined efforts of a variety of migrant, humanitarian, and religious organizations, and other radical groups. Policies that providing federal or state welfare as UNFUNDED MANDATES forced on all the American population by court order and extorted from your taxes. By neither political party voting for the new mandated version of E-Verify or the Birthright Citizenship bill, millions still attracted by jobs and a free reservoir of welfare programs, will still buy a seat on a international flight as a tourist or just cross that border. If Governor Brown doesn’t veto it, every illegal alien who applies at the DMV should be reported to ICE; better still have an ICE agent standing by the DMV clerk.

    PRIOR TO ANY CHANCE OF OBAMA BEING RETURNED TO THE OVAL OFFICE, EVERY VOTER MUST PUSH THE SENATE AND HOUSE POLITICIANS TO FORCE PASSAGE OF “THE LEGAL WORKFORCE BILL” AND SECONDARY “THE BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP BILL”. VOTERS MUST DRIVE THEIR LAWMAKERS TO DO THEIR BIDDING, AND CALL THEM AT THE OFFICE & TELL THEM THEY WILL BE LOOKING FOR A JOB IF THEY DON’T SPONSOR THESE LAWS? MORE JOBS WILL BE LOST IF WE DO NOT STOP ANOTHER AMNESTY, THE COST $2.4 TRILLION DOLLARS AS STUDIED BY THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION.

    To some extent revitalized E-Verify, “the Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885) will heavily penalize businesses for hiring illegal aliens, who are stealing jobs from the majority of low income workers. Second in line of Merit is the “Birthright Citizenship Bill (H.R.140) that by Amendment, will prevent the welfare abundance of public welfare check assistance to the illegal parent of a child smuggled or already here, if neither parent is a U.S. Citizen.

    The E-Verify system can identify illegal migrants and immigrants after hiring and unless they can further substantiate their immigration status, they will be dismissed. This is an easy, none evasive and simple way to qualify an applicant, by inputting the personal data in a company terminal. Then to resolve any discrepancy you travel to nearest Social Security office. Mitt Romney has spelled E-Verify out, as “ATTRITION THROUGH ENFORCEMENT—or Self Deportation. Anything that actually works as “SECURE COMMUNITIES (286 G.), are suddenly under bombardment. The problem that administration sees that is locating illegal aliens through fingerprints, even with individuals with criminal infractions. But the ICE czars in Washington are giving them presidential treatment and not deporting them? Even if they have stolen an American citizens Identification, they are being released back into the mainstream of the country. This is a true—BACK DOOR AMNESTY.

    After the border fence is really secured and full access by the U.S. Border Patrol to all regions, then the new administration can talk about a regulated Farm Guest Worker program (not the fraudulent entry we have now) and a congressional oversight for employment visas for scientist, engineers and the highest echelon of technical immigrants. But the door must be slammed shut on the covert operation of slipping low skilled workers into the country and no more importation of copious poverty from South of our border or from foreign countries.

    Join your chapter of your local TEA PARTY. Only the TEA PARTY LEADERSHIP has the backbone to shred the current tax code and provide a fair and equitable tax system, without any loopholes for anybody. Every possible means available currently and in the future will be utilized to secure our borders, to halt Sanctuary Cities, Chain Migration, but adopt a regulated Guest Worker program, without a path to citizenship. It is solely the obligation of every American voter to check for non citizens registering for all future elections. That every person voting must display official Picture ID, as there has been progressive voting by non citizens. The laws of the 1986 Immigration Reform & Control Act (IRCA) will be reanimated as original was to work. Sanctuary Cities will be banned and official who subscribe to any ordinance protecting illegal aliens will be sanctioned every possible means will be used to remove illegal aliens from this country and benefits stopped. Illegal aliens will not be prosecuted for using stolen ID, including Social Security numbers and birth certificates.

    Everybody is complaining about both parties in Washington, but cannot find a few minutes to contact their Senators or Congress persons at 202-224-3121 and demand the vote for both federal MANDATORY E-Verify or amend the ‘Birthright Citizenship’ Bill. Once enacted into law a massive exodus will commence, as illegal aliens and family members will return to their country of origin.

    ISSUING DRIVERS LICENSES TO ILLEGAL ALIENS WILL JUST ENCOURAGE MORE TO SQUAT IN CALIFORNIA. STATES THAT HAVE ENFORCED IMMIGRATION POLICING LAWS AS ARIZONA, ALABAMA, GEORGIA, UTAH, INDIANA AND SOUTH CAROLINA, ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE FLEEING THOSE STATES AND CERTAINLY HEAD FOR THE WEST COAST IF THE DMV IS SUPPLYING LICENSES? THE TIME HAS COME TO THROW OUT ALL THE GOVERNORS, MAYORS, JUDGES, CHIEF OF POLICE WHO IN COLLUSION WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND FOREIGN GOVERNMENT, IF THEY ARE SUPPORTING THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS IN THIS COUNTRY.

  20. MJH says:

    I need my house painted can you send a few over to do the job. And when they are done I will drive them back to the border.

  21. Captain Obvious says:

    Bottom line is they’re illegal they have no rights yet they are getting licenses and i have yet to get any type of response from Casa de MD about why they support illegals vs legal migrants

  22. Sam Lucas says:

    why should i be charged with a ticket for speeding – why should i pay it ????its illegal to speed or smoke pot or drink and drive –but most of all some one can come here who is mental -or a real criminal and you dont know who they were and i know of 4 people who used the same name to switch off and come here and work who were they really ???and if you commite a set of finger prints to one person make sure they are right and you have a photo -you try to go to another place and do the things people do here your ass will be in jail go ahead try it the mayor is a puppet look back when she was sitting next to the last thief in office they all knew what was up

  23. Robertryan says:

    How else but to encourage illegals can the mayor achieve her quota of 10K increase in population?

  24. Robertryan says:

    Dave Francis, next time you want to duplicate the Gettusburg address, write it on a roll of toilet paper & wipe your hiney with it. That would be a good use of your brains & recycling.

  25. Steve, from Accounting says:

    Even the blacks aren’t so stupid when it comes to immigration. They want a monopoly on the “getting tax money without paying into the system” deal, and the Latinos are trying to nudge their way in. They’re not having it.

    Every Illegal who comes to the US steals a job. They can work for $7-10/hr. under the table because they do not live like the rest of us do. You’d work for that much too if you could rent a house and live with 6-8 working adults plus families sharing it.

    The only problem is is that they destroy nice neighborhoods in the process. If you ever see a truck roll down the street with 10 mattresses strapped to it you’ll know what I’m talking about. Get ready for loud music, parties on Wednesdays, and 4-5x the normal amount of garbage (because there’s that many times as many people). Even that’s too much for some blacks, especially the ones Obama is talking about “trying to work dey way into da middle class”.

    Then I think we all know the deal: the burden upon our school system and our hospitals. Funny how at neither you can be turned away even though you don’t pay into the system, even if you’re not a citizen. It wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t terrorize the kids in the classroom who’re actually trying to learn. Just look at California: Jose and Pedro are more likely to join a gang than graduate. No wonder Whites who actually pay taxes are GettingTFO of there.

    Why bother paying taxes to a city or state when others receive all the benefits and you have to pay extra costs to live in nicer areas, in gas, in schools, and in quality of life. And that pretty much sums it up. If they don’t care about their own quality of life what makes you think they’ll care about yours?

  26. mr.right says:

    There must be something in the water, because just like O’Malley when ever they get into a top position such as Mayor for governor it seems like they have lost all common sense! It’s time to get liberals out of office! They push gay rights down our throats, tax us every chance they get and then force us to compete for jobs against illegal aliens and not only that, give them free in-state tuition. Enough is enough already! Let’s get these bums out of office.

  27. James says:

    Monkey see, monkey do! Would anyone expect Lil MOM to do anything different than her Gov Buddy, Jack OMalley!
    Hope somebody laughed at that!
    I will never forget Obama calling MOM by his son’s name, Jack! Priceless!

  28. James says:

    L.A. Black put it well, very well. It is pathetic that the mayor needs the Hispanic vote. In reality, she doesn’t. Baltimore is still black and blacks in Baltimore (and most cities) always vote for the black Dem! Still surprising that MOM was mayor of Baltimore!
    Only issue with Hispanics taking over, as stated by L.A. Black, is that the influx of Asian doctors and those in the science field will have an imapct in 5-10 years once the east side Hopkins project is finished.
    Hopefully, that imapct will better the city, though won’t believe it till I see it.
    J

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