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Baltimore bars police from immigration enforcement

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is issuing an executive order prohibiting police officers from asking about a person’s citizenship status.

Rawlings-Blake issued the order Friday to all city agencies barring discrimination against immigrants. It bars use of city funds to investigate or question people suspected of violating of federal immigration law unless required by the state or U.S. government.

The move comes days after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it would begin implementing the Secure Communities program in Baltimore. Under the program, federal authorities check the immigration status of people arrested and booked in local jails.

Baltimore officials are worried the policy will have a chilling effect on communication between the Hispanic community and police. They worry witnesses and crime victims will be afraid to come forward with information.

3 comments

  1. So illegals are committing crimes? Must be if she had to enact this order. If they hadn’t been allowed to stay we would not be having this discussion.

  2. The goal is to get people to come forward and fight crime by reporting it and testifying against those committing the crimes, not sit back afraid to report it for fear of being deported, that doesn’t help anyone.

    The mandate of ICE will still verify citizenship status of those arrested and possibly deport those once convicted of a violent crime.

  3. Baltimore officials are not worried about the effects of communication between the hispanics and police they are worried about making themselves money and getting reelected. They don’t care about the people of this state if they did they wouldn’t keep raising taxes. If they are illegal then what is the problem with asking and taking care of business. we pay to much for them and they don’t pay anything..