We the undersigned oppose HB 29.
We disagree with the idea of creating a special class of people that are not bound by law. Immigration laws are not to be subverted by the states. This is clearly the jurisdiction of the federal government not the states. How are the citizens of our state to trust our local governments when different people are held to different standards? This is selective justice.
This bill put forth by Delegate Gutierrez says..
(B) WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL BECOMES ELIGIBLE FOR RELEASE FROM STATE OR LOCAL CUSTODY, A LAW ENFORCEMENT OR ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL MAY NOT CONTINUE TO DETAIN THE INDIVIDUAL ON THE BASIS OF AN IMMIGRATION DETAINER.
So a person who has been taken into custody on the charges of one crime who is eventually released for time served or for bail may not be held any longer for the additional crime of breaking our immigration laws.
The bill also states...
(D) A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL MAY NOT STOP, ARREST, SEARCH, OR DETAIN AN INDIVIDUAL FOR THE PURPOSE OF INVESTIGATING A SUSPECTED IMMIGRATION VIOLATION OR BASED ON AN ADMINISTRATIVE WARRANT IN THE NATIONAL CRIME INFORMATION CENTER DATABASE.
If our officers aren't allowed to follow up on administrative warrants then how are they supposed to do their jobs? This puts our local law enforcement at odds between state and federal laws.
Maryland Citizen Action Network
This petition closed about 3 years ago
We can create awareness of selective justice where it pays to be a member of a protected class of people who are shielded from law.