Showing posts with label immigration. Show all posts
Showing posts with label immigration. Show all posts

Monday, September 10, 2018

Coalition relaunches effort to declare MoCo a sanctuary county

A group calling itself the Montgomery County Trust Act Coalition is again urging the County Council to officially declare Montgomery County a sanctuary county. The County is already unofficially a sanctuary jurisdiction, as it has repeatedly released prisoners from the County jail on whom U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed detainers, so that federal agents can arrest and deport those individuals.

ICE reprimanded County officials in 2017 for forcing them to chase down an individual the County let go, despite a retainer being lodged. A second man was released despite a detainer last December, and was shot and killed in Takoma Park by another gang member.


The sanctuary effort may have been revitalized by the Trump administration's failure to follow through with any sanctions against existing sanctuary jurisdictions, including threats to cut federal funds. Despite tough talk, Attorney General Jeff Sessions quickly backed down from publishing lists of prisoners with detainers that jurisdictions like Montgomery had released, when County officials cried foul after the inaugural list was published. And public outrage over the separation of families at the border earlier this year may have created a more-favorable environment to raise the issue in progressive Montgomery County.

Montgomery County Trust Act Coalition is asking community groups to sign onto its letter to the Council by noon today. It plans to send the letter on September 13. Members of the coalition include the ACLU of Maryland, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Jews United for Justice, Progressive Maryland, and Showing Up for Racial Justice - Montgomery County.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

MoCo Council proposes taxpayer-funded lawyers for illegal immigrants facing deportation

Illegal immigrants
convicted of murder,
rape would be eligible
for taxpayer-funded
lawyers if they have 
a "potentially 
meritorious" case

The Montgomery County Council has introduced a "special appropriation" of $373,957 to fund free lawyers for illegal immigrants facing deportation. County Councilmember Nancy Navarro said she was proud that the Council would use taxpayer funds to defend illegal immigrants from deportation, adding that Tuesday's proposal "doubled down on our commitment to protect our immigrant community."

While the Council resolution claims in one section that illegal immigrants convicted of violent crimes such as murder and rape would not be eligible for the taxpayer-funded legal assistance, that claim is negated by later wording.

On Page 3 of the resolution, the text notes that illegal immigrants convicted of murder, rape, sexual offenses, armed carjacking, kidnapping, child kidnapping, sexual abuse of a minor, child abuse, gang participation, human trafficking and "abducting a child under 16 for prostitution" would be eligible for taxpayer-funded legal counsel if "the individual has a potentially meritorious claim for immigration relief from removal in the form of a claim to United States citizenship, protection under the Convention Against Torture, U/T Visa, or Refugee Adjustment."

A public hearing on the appropriation will be held on May 1 at the County Council Building, located at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville. The County is currently facing a budget shortfall of $208,000,000.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sanctuary policies may be to blame for second Montgomery County homicide victim in 2 weeks

An MS-13 gang member has been charged with first degree murder, in the case of an unidentified homicide victim found in Wheaton Regional Park on September 5. And once again, this may have been a preventable homicide - the man charged had a previous run-in with Montgomery County police in 2016, when he was cited for theft of under $100, according to Maryland court records.

Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, 19, had no address then, and still had no confirmed address when he was located in North Carolina by police on November 11, 2017. He has been extradited to Montgomery County, and is due in court today in Rockville for a bond hearing. A preliminary court hearing for Lopez-Abrego has been set for December 22.

Once again, we find the inability of police to check immigration status may have led to the death of a man in Wheaton Regional Park. If Lopez-Abrego had been determined to be in the country illegally while in police custody on October 24, 2016, he would have been deported long before killing the man found in the park this year - a man who police say was stabbed more than 100 times. Instead of ICE taking him into custody for deportation, Lopez-Abrego was let go, and a warrant was issued for his arrest on December 6, 2016.

In just the past two weeks, Montgomery County has seen first-hand that the current policy has led to two preventable homicides. The first was that of a young mother, also in Wheaton. Like her, the victim in this case - while unidentified - was also Latino. In fact, it is the Latino and immigrant communities which are being victimized the most by gangs in Montgomery County. Just ask the Watkins Mill High School mother who buried her 15-year-old daughter (stripped and executed by MS-13) this year, surrounded by undercover police officers in case MS-13 raided the funeral or graveside ceremony.

Ironically, our elected officials hide behind the race card in defending their indefensible sanctuary policies. Of course, they're finding it harder and harder to defend the indefensible. Last Friday, WMAL radio host Larry O'Connor asked every single member of the Montgomery County Council to come on-the-air to defend their sanctuary policies, after it was found that those policies may have directly led to the death of Dania Mendez de Guerra. Not a single councilmember had the guts, confidence or conviction to come on the program and debate O'Connor.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wheaton murder suspect was detained by police twice in Rockville before allegedly killing woman

A Wheaton woman might still be alive today, but for Montgomery County's sanctuary county immigration policies. According to Maryland court records, Elmer Marilan Campos-Martinez - who has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Wheaton mother and KFC employee Dania Mendez de Guerra - was detained in traffic stops twice by police since 2012. Because officers are forbidden to ask about the immigration status of those they stop, Campos-Martinez was put back on the streets, despite being in the country illegally.

Case records indicate that Campos-Martinez was pulled over by Montgomery County police on October 7, 2012 at 11:46 PM. He was cited for operating a motor scooter without a license on Veirs Mill Road at Parkland Drive. On April 23, 2013, Campos-Martinez paid a $50 fine and $33 in court fees. Without a check of his citizenship status, he was a free man.

While still living on N. Horners Lane in Rockville, Campos-Martinez was pulled over yet again by Rockville City police on April 20, 2014 at 11:13 PM. Driving an actual car this time, he was cited for driving without a license on Veirs Mill Road at First Street in Rockville.  Once again, the officer was not allowed to check his immigration status. In this case, Campos-Martinez did not even have to pay a fine or court fees. The prosecutor entered a nolle prosequi, meaning the State would not pursue the case, and the charges were thereby dropped.

Three-and-a-half years later, Campos-Martinez - now living in the Woods Edge Apartments on Cove Lane in Rockville - was working alongside de Guerra at the KFC at 2119 University Boulevard West in Wheaton. Leaving work, he laid in wait for the 21-year-old de Guerra to walk home to her husband and child on Amherst Avenue, police allege. Four days later, her body was found behind the CVS Pharmacy across a parking lot from her apartment.

Of course, he wouldn't have been there to lay in wait, had he been deported in 2012 after his first scooter misadventure (by the way, do you believe you would have avoided a fine and court fees if you were caught driving without a license? Is there now a separate law for non-citizens?). In fact, Campos-Martinez was deported in 1994. But the sanctuary policies of Montgomery County kept him coming back.
The victim, Dania Mendez de Guerra
If the murder allegations by police are true, those policies cost Dania Mendez de Guerra her life, and her family a wife and mother.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Suspect in Wheaton homicide was deported in 1994, returned to Rockville

Elmer Marilan Campos-Martinez, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Wheaton mother and KFC employee Dania Mendez de Guerra, is in the country illegally, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has confirmed. ICE issued a detainer against Campos-Martinez Saturday.

In a statement, ICE also confirmed that Campos-Martinez was already deported once to his native El Salvador, in 1994. They say he illegally crossed the border again, and made his way to Rockville, where he has been residing on Cove Lane.

Campos-Martinez continues to be held without bond, as the District Court judge in his case declared him a flight risk, due to his immigration status.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Rockville becomes a sanctuary city

Rockville did last night what the Montgomery County Council and Maryland legislature didn't have the guts to do earlier this year - declare itself a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants. Thumbing their noses at the U.S. Justice Department, and potentially losing millions of dollars in future federal funds, three City Council members voted to pass the Orwellian-sounding "Fostering Community Trust" ordinance. Dissenting were Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and Councilmember Beryl Feinberg.

The ordinance will codify the informal sanctuary policy the City Police department currently operates under. It passes after the toxic Rockville High School rape case, the theft of a Rockville police officer's assault rifle by an illegal immigrant, and the alleged murderer of a Muslim teenager in Sterling was just revealed to be an illegal immigrant from El Salvador.

During discussion of the ordinance after two hours of public testimony, Feinberg made an alternative motion to direct the City Manager and Police Chief to devise a written policy on how they would deal with immigration status, within 30 days. Councilmember Virginia Onley opposed the motion, but seconded it for the sake of discussion. Councilmember Mark Pierzchala declared Feinberg's proposal as being too late.

Feinberg countered that "we never had a robust discussion," requiring her to make a last-minute proposal to "force the discussion." She said a written policy would be more "nimble" than a formal ordinance, which could not be suspended during an emergency by the City Manager. Feinberg also termed the ordinance, which would forbid any City employee from inquiring about a person's citizenship status, "unenforceable."

Speakers backing sanctuary status for Rockville hurled invective at opponents throughout the Community Forum segment of the meeting: "racist, xenophobia, hate, anti-immigrant (as opposed to anti-illegal immigrant), genocide, hate-filled time." But Feinberg and Newton questioned that holier-than-thou attitude. "Both sides have been fearmongering," Feinberg said. Newton decried the "venom spread by both sides" in the months-long debate.

Newton said she was "disappointed" that the same councilmembers who only recently released the text of the ordinance would now block another member from proposing a last-minute alternative. She called the ordinance "a solution in search of a problem," noting that Rockville has had no issues with its current police policy. Newton suggested such policy is better written by police, than by politicians with political motives.

"That was just a staggering speech," Pierzchala said. "Thank you," replied Newton sarcastically. "And not in the good sense," Pierzchala clarified.

"This is how this body has been functioning for more than a year now," Feinberg said. "Things will be just shoved in front of us." She bemoaned the "collegiality" among her colleagues. Onley expressed agreement with Feinberg's assessment, even though she did not support Feinberg's proposal. Onley said, "we need work sessions, not surprise attacks and last-minute motions."

When the Mayor called the vote, the Team Rockville slate of Pierzchala, Onley and the sponsor of the ordinance, Julie Palakovich Carr, voted in favor, and Newton and Feinberg voted against it.

There were some intriguing aspects to the discussion prior to the vote.

Proponents of sanctuary status, caught off-guard by the strong opposition by legal Asian immigrants at a March public hearing on the proposal, had claimed many of those speakers were not Rockville residents. But last night, they bused in sanctuary advocates from Bethesda, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Gaithersburg and Washington, D.C. to testify in favor of the ordinance, doing exactly what they had accused opponents of three months ago.

Second, during the Mayor and Council discussion, Palakovich Carr stated that cities that don't enforce federal immigration law have lower crime rates. That is simply not true. In Frederick, which does enforce federal immigration law, you have a 1 in 196 chance of being the victim of a violent crime such as murder, rape, armed robbery, or assault. In Baltimore, a sanctuary city, your chance of being a victim shoots up to 1 in 65. In Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel has presided over a sanctuary city and record numbers of homicides, it is 1 in 110. In sanctuary San Francisco, it is 1 in 127.

Frederick is clearly safer. In Manassas, after Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart's policy to enforce federal immigration law passed ten years ago, today your chance of being a victim of a violent crime is a staggeringly low 1 in 454. Aggravated assaults in Prince William County have dropped by 27% since then, and not a single racial profiling complaint has been filed with the County police. Police there can only inquire about citizenship status after arresting a suspect and taking him or her to the County jail.

As speaker Liz Matory noted in her testimony during the Community Forum, the research done for the Mayor and Council by staff regarding the proposed ordinance did not take into consideration the policy of Frederick County.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Mayor and Council to discuss adoption of Rockville sanctuary city proposal Monday night

A highly-controversial ordinance that would formalize Rockville's status as a "sanctuary city" returns to the Mayor and Council's agenda this coming Monday night, June 19, at 7:00 PM. The legislation, introduced by Councilmember Julie Palakovich Carr, will be discussed and potentially adopted that night, if a majority support the measure. It would prevent any City employee, including police officers, from inquiring about a person's citizenship status.

At a previous public hearing, the sanctuary ordinance drew emotional testimony on both sides. Since that evening, several high-profile Rockville and Montgomery County crime stories involving illegal immigrants have made national headlines. The alleged gang rape of a 14-year-old student at Rockville High School by two illegal immigrants scuttled a sanctuary state proposal in Annapolis, and threatened to table further discussion of Rockville's proposed law. 

Under extreme political pressure, and with no detailed factual explanation, Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy suddenly declared he would not pursue the rape case any further. McCarthy stated there was not enough evidence to warrant prosecution, despite police officials' earlier statements that they had slam-dunk physical evidence from the scene of the alleged rape in a school bathroom. He did not explain what happened to that physical evidence, characterize the findings of any medical examination, or state whether the victim agreed with his decision, or was still seeking justice. With no media outlet holding McCarthy accountable, the firestorm ended in an instant, clearing the way for revival of the Rockville ordinance.

That didn't stop another illegal immigrant from breaking into a City of Rockville police cruiser, and stealing an assault weapon and several rounds of ammunition. We've never learned what Mario Alvarado intended to do with that assault weapon, or if he had a gang affiliation. We do know that this AR-15-wielding car thief was then improperly released back into the community by Montgomery County, despite U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement having put a detainer on him.

McCarthy's magic wand couldn't help County officials this time. ICE blasted Montgomery County for putting its agents, and county residents, at risk by forcing them to then find and apprehend Alvarado in an uncontrolled public setting. The County ultimately admitted they were in the wrong in releasing Alvarado, humiliating Montgomery County on the national stage once again.

Finally, we learned just how bad the gang situation is today in Montgomery County. A funeral was held for a 15-year-old girl who was executed by MS-13 gang members she became involved with at Watkins Mill High School. Sitting in the pews, and attending the burial service that followed, were armed undercover police officers, in case the gang attacked the funeral. Is that something you thought you would ever hear in Montgomery County, or in El Salvador?

Speaking of El Salvador, it gets worse. MS-13, with their charming motto of "Kill. Rape. Control," has a new rival gang. In response, the Washington Post reported, MS-13 kingpins are ordering their members to travel specifically to Montgomery County en masse. MS-13 leaders say that Montgomery County is the place they hope to establish a strong base of operations, and cited the large number of juvenile and/or unemployed illegal immigrants - living off of free County services - as ripe for recruiting by these soon-to-arrive MS-13 agents.

Guess who will be in the crossfire between these two gangs when they start to fight for territory in Montgomery County? The citizens of Montgomery County. Nice. Can you imagine what that's going to be like?

Despite all of this, the Montgomery County Council continues to insist there is no gang problem in the County. You know, the County where funerals now have to have armed guards, in case gang members attack the funeral!

There will be no public hearing Monday night, but residents can express their opinions on the proposed sanctuary legislation during the Community Forum segment of the meeting. Priority will be given to speakers who have signed up in advance by calling the city Clerk's Office at 240-314-8280 by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Legal immigrants opposed to Rockville sanctuary city plan dominate debate at hearing

A large contingent of legal immigrants turned out to oppose legislation that would codify Rockville's status as a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants last night. Their testimony appeared to rattle sanctuary advocates as the night went on. Some proponents began to discard their prepared remarks to instead rebut, criticize and attack the mostly Asian opponents, an indication of the effectiveness of the latter's testimony.

While sanctuary proponents emphasized the value of a diverse community as one of several reasons to prevent Rockville Police from checking the citizenship status of those they interact with, it quickly became clear the city is already diverse in both race and political opinion. And while legal immigrants bring unique contributions, culture and ideas to Rockville, many last night evoked the more universal reasons families have chosen to live and start businesses in the city, such as safe neighborhoods and good schools. They also saw exempting undocumented residents from the long and costly citizenship process they undertook as inequitable.

"I came here to testify for my 3 kids," said resident Alex Song. He criticized the proposed sanctuary law for putting "illegal immigrants in an advantage over legal immigrants. It's really unfair." Rockville resident Ying Tang said it took her about a decade to become an American citizen.  "We've spent so much time and money," she told the Mayor and Council. "It's unfair. Please respect people who respect the law." "We worked hard and waited our turn," recounted longtime Rockville resident Brigitta Mullican, who legally emigrated from Germany in 1956. Mullican presented a petition with 544 signatures collected in only 1 week opposing the sanctuary legislation, which she called "a blatant violation of federal law."

A resident of Seven Locks Road recalled how he voluntarily deported himself and surrendered to authorities in Canada, so that he could begin the process of formally applying for American citizenship. "I stand here as an immigrant to oppose this," he said. "No one is above the law. Local government should not pick and choose which laws to enforce." He slammed the trend of open border advocates "labeling us as bigots, racists, this phobia and that phobia. We immigrants are all too familiar with the issue."

Many opponents expressed concerns about increased crime, arguing that crime has already increased in Montgomery County, since its leaders pursued a sanctuary policy of their own years ago. Proponents and opponents presented dueling crime statistics to back up their points. Sanctuary advocates said crime is lower than ever nationwide, and that illegal immigrants commit less crimes than American citizens.

Shawn Nie countered that crime has increased under the sanctuary policies of Montgomery County, and that the proposed change in city policy would increase illegal immigration to Rockville. A Gaithersburg resident seconded Nie's assessment, warning that "criminals will take advantage of the situation, and infiltrate our society. There will be no safe neighborhood anymore. Rockville will be a safe haven for criminals."

A resident who moved here from Houston said she witnessed safe neighborhoods there deteriorate, as undocumented immigrants arrived in greater numbers. "Frequent robberies, even murders," caused residents to leave and businesses to close, as "gangs, drugs and violence" became more prevalent. One legal immigrant who owns a business in Rockville said he has already noticed an increase in vandalism in the city.

Some residents told of specific incidents where they were victimized by illegal immigrants. One legal immigrant said his father's car had been struck by an undocumented driver, which left him stuck with $4000 in damages, with no way to collect from the driver at fault. "We cannot take this anymore," he said.

A King Farm resident testified that an illegal immigrant posing as a legal citizen contractor bilked her out of $2500 for shoddy home repairs. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency claims nearly a quarter of illegal immigrants arrested in America get arrested again in the future, a representative of the Asian-American GOP Coalition testified. "Our judgement should not be dominated by emotion," he said. A later speaker concurred. "I put my heart down, and used my brain," she said. "As an immigrant myself, I don't think this is a wise decision. It's dividing the community, it's sending the wrong signal."

Others shared her concern about what message the city would be sending. "You indeed are telling the world the law in this country is useless," said a legal immigrant who obtained citizenship 12 years ago. "Please obey the immigration laws of this country." "Our country's a country, not a charity," testified Liz Matory of Silver Spring, who called the sanctuary proposal an example of paternalism.

"Invasion our situation," summarized Rockville resident David Brenner, who recounted a brief history of immigration in America since World War II. In more recent times, he said, illegal immigrants have contributed to the "continuing decline of the country," assisted by sanctuary jurisdictions like the city. "Now the city wants to officially get in bed with the invaders," Brenner charged. He said any Rockville elected official who votes for the sanctuary legislation should be "prosecuted and imprisoned for a period of time."

Supporters of the proposed sanctuary policy began the evening making their case. Kate Perino, a Bethesda attorney, warned that the city could encur civil liability if it wrongfully detains an illegal immigrant based on the advice of ICE. She pointed to a case in Oregon where a jurisdiction was found to have held a prisoner on an ICE detainer without probable cause. When the case went to trial, instead of backing up the city, "ICE left them hanging in court." Several speakers stressed that Rockville would not be reimbursed for costs incurred by cooperating with ICE, and that city police would be diverted from their core mission.

"We should have much more open borders," testified a Lincoln Park resident. Another Rockville resident downplayed the value of legal citizenship, saying, "I don't believe that paperwork defines what it means to be American."

But as the evening progressed, sanctuary proponents shifted their testimony to address the impactful testimony of the predominantly-Chinese legal immigrants who turned out in force to oppose the legislation. A few proponents, possibly proving "Godwin's Law," began to invoke Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, and compare them to those seeking to limit illegal immigration today. Robin Lerner, a Rockville resident since 1974, rejected that comparison. "I'm Jewish. I'm from Russia. You can't compare the two," she said.

Other sanctuary opponents bristled at some of the harsher attack rhetoric. One local business owner who spoke against the proposed policy said he has hired employees of every background, and has even sponsored immigrants who followed the legal citizenship process. He recently attended the wedding of the son of one such citizen he sponsored, who was named in his honor, he said. "The racist and bigoted label is not gonna stick with me," he argued.

A number of speakers questioned where the proposed law came from so suddenly, and why. Mullican suggested it was "premature" for the city to act, when federal immigration reform is likely in the near future. Edward Amatetti, a candidate for the District 2 seat on the County Council, said the city should have asked residents first, before proposing a specific policy. "I'm a scientist. I have no clue how this proposal came out," said a resident of The Fitz in Rockville.

Perhaps the most colorful speaker was a legal immigrant who urged those promoting the sanctuary policy to instead open their own homes to undocumented immigrants. "Be sure to have a lot of extra keys made," she advised, exhorting them to advertise the sanctuary status of their homes using lawn signs and Facebook ads. "Use your money, not the taxpayers'."

Friday, March 3, 2017

Rockville sanctuary city public hearing time change

The public hearing on whether or not Rockville should formalize a sanctuary city policy regarding illegal immigrants on Monday, March 6 has shifted on the Mayor and Council meeting agenda that evening. An executive session has been added to discuss the possibility of the City purchasing the property where the Chestnut Lodge mental institution once stood at 6:00 PM. The public is not allowed to attend that closed session.

At 6:30 PM, the Mayor and Council will reconvene in open session, 30 minutes before the usual 7:00 PM start time for meetings. The sanctuary city public hearing is now scheduled to be taken up at 8:45 PM.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

All speakers will have only 3 mins. at Rockville Sanctuary City public hearing March 6

Speakers for organizations and civic associations will have only 3 minutes to speak, instead of the standard 5, at this coming Monday's public hearing on the proposed Sanctuary City legislation. Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton proposed the change near the end of last night's Mayor and Council meeting. Councilmembers agreed with the change, which was suggested to trim the length of what is expected to be a long public hearing with many speakers.

Some residents have expressed dissatisfaction with having only seven days to review an extensive amount of material on the legislation. If adopted, the new policy would codify the role of the Rockville City Police Department in relation to federal immigration law. In plain English, it would formally establish the city's currently-informal status as a Sanctuary City for those who are in the country illegally.

Such status could result in the loss of federal funds for Rockville, one reason the county executives of Montgomery and Howard counties have opposed similar legislation. It is largely a question of semantics for Montgomery, as it currently meets the definition of a Sanctuary County, but does not formally refer to itself as such.

The public hearing will be at 7:00 PM at City Hall this coming Monday, March 6, 2017. To sign up to speak, call the City Clerk's Office at 240-314-8280 by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Rockville facing clash on sanctuary city proposal

The Mayor and Council will take the first step in reviewing a new proposal to officially declare Rockville a "Sanctuary City" for illegal immigrants at their meeting this coming Monday night at 7:00 PM. As with Montgomery County, the city already is essentially a sanctuary city, but activists are seeking to make that status official as federal immigration policy tightens under the Trump administration.

There are already petitions for and against the sanctuary city proposal. Executives in Montgomery and Howard County have opposed legislative efforts to officially declare each sanctuary counties, as such designations increase the likelihood that they could lose federal funds. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has even sought to declare recently that the county is not a sanctuary jurisdiction, because it cooperates in limited ways with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement efforts. His assertion left many perplexed in a county known for looking the other way on citizenship status in every facet of government.

Advocates of sanctuary city policies say they help make communities safer, when undocumented immigrants feel comfortable assisting police in solving crimes. Opponents point to the massive costs illegal immigration are placing on taxpayers, particularly in Montgomery County Public Schools, and to an increase in crime and gang activity.

Two illegal immigrants living in taxpayer-subsidized Montgomery County public housing in Wheaton were arrested last year for the kidnapping and gang rape of a 12-year-old girl. Gaithersburg teen Damaris Reyes was found dead recently in Fairfax, after becoming involved with MS-13 members at Watkins Mill High School. And another teenage girl was shot multiple times in a Wheaton gang-related attack in 2014.

A public hearing on the issue will be held on March 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM, and is sure to be a lively debate. In a sign of just how contentious the debate may be, the sanctuary city item was the only one to not have documentation attached to the advance agenda for Monday's meeting yesterday, meaning residents could not yet get an advance look at the proposal.