BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore leaders– including the mayor– have vowed that they will not assist federal agents with immigration efforts after President Trump announced a delayed crackdown starting after July 4th.

“Baltimore City is a rainbow,” Mayor Jack Young said. “We want everybody to feel welcome, and we’re not participating in an ICE raid at all.”

The city will provide legal services for those targeted. Activists have also been providing advice on what to do if Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents knock on people’s doors including a seminar at the Southeast Anchor Library in Highlandtown Monday night.

“All of us—if you want to be honest—are immigrants to this country except for the Native Americans,” Mayor Young said.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore also criticized the upcoming enforcement. “I characterize this as an act of domestic terrorism,” said Rev. Bruce Lewandowski of the Sacred Heart of Jesus church.

Vice President Mike Pence has defended the enforcement in Baltimore and other cities as the President “doing his job.”

The President’s announcement of a delay in the enforcement action comes as came as immigrant advocates across major U.S. cities had been mounting an unprecedented campaign to prepare undocumented immigrants for a highly publicized operation in which Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was expected to target more than 2,000 families with pending deportations orders.

Democrats in Congress and in major U.S. urban centers — which were likely to be the main targets of the now-delayed operations — had urged the White House to abort any massive deportation blitz, which they believed would’ve separated families in which some members are undocumented but others, particularly children, are U.S. citizens. 

It is unclear if the president relented because of concerns raised by Democrats — as he claimed in his Twitter post — or because of the political damage the raids could’ve inflicted on his agenda.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress are currently negotiating legislation to allocate funds to different agencies, including ICE, that are dealing with the large-scale migration of Central American families and unaccompanied children to the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Comments (8)
  1. You would think the useless democrats in city hall would be more worried about all the dead bodies piled up then ILLEGALS being a burden to this country and state! AS USUAL miss placed priority’s from democrats! Just a reminder these illegals are wanted FTA”s have ignored court ordered appearances, so the democrats are saying it’s OK to ignore court orders YET you and I must OBEY A COURT OR WE GET LOCKED WHY SHOULD THEY BE EXEMPTED?? That’s the clear message the democrats are sending, ignore our court orders and laws! The corrupt democrats have destroyed this city NOW trying to do it to the ENTIRE COUNTRY!!

  2. TRUMP 2020!! GOD save us from the RECKLESS and IRRESPONSIBLE DEMOCRATS LOOKING FOR A VOTE!! AGAIN all you have to do is look what they have done to this once great city Baltimore.. REMEMBER they have been in control for YEARS, every aspect of Baltimore has been destroyed at the hands of the corrupt democrats! You cannot deny that! Don’t believe me… Go online search and look for yourself for the political overview of what 50 yrs of democratic rule has done to this city! You better be sitting down when you do!

  3. Tickedoff Person says:

    Baltimore city is black, blue and red. Not a rainbow. I don’t think ICE asked for your help. They’re use to a-hole dems getting in the way and crying. The best any of the dem “leaders” could do is STAY OUT OF THE WAY. Better yet, get in the way. Would love to see the “leaders” handcuffed and hauled away for obstruction. TRUMP 2020………

  4. Jrfred Coker says:

    So then arrest the leaders of the city and charge therm with aiding and abetting…IT IS AS SIMPLE AS THAT!!!

  5. Democrats represent illegal aliens NOT the citizens. The current migration at our border is costing taxpayers a Kings ransom ($17,000 per day ABC news.) Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars. We have Democrat / Socialists in the Northern Triangle of South America & Mexico; even as you read this instructing the populations the “benefits” & laws of coming to the USA and to make sure you bring your children and use the the magic words…..”credible fear.” Mexico recently arrested two socialist activists who were instrumental in the organizing of prior caravans, Then you have a Democrat House saying the crisis is “manufactured” as literally thousands attack our border daily? National Sovereignty is a myth to Democrats. The crisis IS manufactured…by the Democrats themselves. Make no mistake about this, Democrats want this to happen and never stop.. They will with hold border security support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country as possible overwhelming our BP & ICE before assisting in border security (if ever.)

    To Democrats/Socialists programs like Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) are permanent programs. There is nothing “temporary or deferred” about these programs to Democrats. These programs are designed to admit refugees then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently using the charge of racism, religion, guilt, against anyone opposed. Simple formula works great.

  6. Here is a thought STUPID democrats!! MAYBE if the ILLEGALS showed up for their appointments and hearings when they are supposed to instead of blowing it off they would not have warrants HUH???? I guess we ALL have rules and laws to follow in society but the ILLEGALS, guess they are special OR the democrats being the corrupt lawbreakers themselves sent them a clear message it’s ok to ignore our laws and rules we do! mmmmm???