Keep Montgomery County Safe from So-Called “Secure Communities” Program!
  • Petitioned Ike Leggett

This petition was delivered to:

Ike Leggett
Phil Andrews
Roger Berliner
Craig Rice
Marc Elrich
George Leventhal
Valerie Ervin
Hans Riemer
Nancy Navarro
Nancy Floreen
County Council

Keep Montgomery County Safe from So-Called “Secure Communities” Program!

    1. Petition by

      CASA De Maryland

A human rights crisis is looming in Montgomery County, MD.

Imagine calling the cops because your boyfriend is beating you, and then being ordered deported from the country you call home! This is exactly what happened to Maria Bolaños under the so-called "Secure Communities" program in Maryland.

Now, as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ramps up deportations -- in tireless pursuit of its yearly quotas -- it is seeking to activate its controversial program in our County.

Supposedly meant to help local police “get dangerous convicted criminals off the streets and out of the country,” the “Secure Communities” program has been largely sweeping up immigrants who pose no threat to the community. The reality is that most people deported from Maryland under “Secure Communities” have never committed a crime.

By targeting hard-working immigrants—like domestic violence victim Maria Bolaños—this program is needlessly destroying Maryland families and severing trust residents once had in their local police, who depend on community members to report crimes and nab real criminals.

That’s why the Montgomery County Council, under the leadership of Valerie Ervin and Nancy Navarro, has introduced a resolution against the dangerous program. According to Navarro, "It opens the door to racial profiling. It opens the door for victims of crime to be afraid of coming forward. This is not the Montgomery County we are proud of."

Right now, anti-immigrant groups are already mobilizing their members against the resolution. It's time to fight back!

Sign the petition and help us send the message to our local county officials that we FULLY SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION AGAINST THIS DISCREDITED ICE PROGRAM!

To:
Ike Leggett
Phil Andrews
Roger Berliner
Craig Rice
Marc Elrich
George Leventhal
Valerie Ervin
Hans Riemer
Nancy Navarro
Nancy Floreen
County Council
I fully support the Montgomery County Council's resolution against the failed "Secure Communities" program. I urge the Council to move forward in protecting our communities, resources and autonomy.

Thank you,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. VIDEO: Councilmembers Take Stand Against Deportation Program --

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. From CASA de Maryland: Thanks to you all, we now have a majority of the Council as co-sponsors! Thanks to everyone who already signed, and please help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. Our messages are having a real impact.

    5. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • BOB WEITZEL TIMONIUM, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      HOW CAN CASA DE MARYLAND PUT OUT SUCH LIES, WE THE LEGAL CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, YOU HAVE ILLEGALLY BROKE INTO OUR HOME, AND WE THE PEOPLE OF MARYLAND ARE GOING TO PUT THE "DREAM ACT" AND VOTE ON IT AND WE WILL DEFEAT THE ACTION. NEXT WE ARE GOING AFTER THE E-VERIFY. THEN YOU CAN GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTRY AND GET IN LINE AND COME BACK LEGAL AND BECOME AMERICAN CITIZENS! WHAT PART OF ILLEGAL DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND!

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    • Neil Bergsman ANNAPOLIS, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      All of Maryland expects Montgomery to be a leader in good government - not a follower of hate and intolerance. Secure communities require trust among neighbors - not storm-trooper tactics. Council-people, please show us Maryland's best.

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    • Richard Renner SILVER SPRING, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      We need a national immigration policy that (1) matches the needs of our economy, (2) supports the Social Security Trust Fund as our native population ages, and (3) gives meaning to our Statue of Liberty and the ideals that brought my ancestors here. Until we have this national policy, we need our local governments to protect our immigrant neighbors so they can participate in keeping our community safe and healthy.

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    • Kathy Galleher RIVERDALE, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      Thank you for your efforts in protecting our undocumented brothers and sisters. I am a PG county resident and am heartbroken by the abuses of the so called Secure Communities act. Thanks for taking the moral leadership in Montgomery County to protect our friends who are most vulnerable. Sincerely, Kathy Galleher

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    • Karen Nelson TAKOMA PARK, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      Please help keep this divisive program out of Montgomery County.

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