The sanctuary debate in Maryland is now being brought to the Maryland General Assembly by delegate Pat McDonough. McDonough’s plan would punish cities and counties that choose not to work with immigration agents seeking to deport illegal immigrants.
The plan is already under fire from the opposition who don’t approve of some of the key points of the plan. Under McDonough’s plan, prisons would be required to notify the Department of Homeland Security before letting illegal immigrants go free so agents would have a chance to come get them first.
To support the motive for his plan, McDonough has cited the case of Kathryn Steinle who was shot by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco while walking along the waterfront with her father. The immigrant was protected by the city from being deported, a huge mistake that led to Steinle’s death according to McDonough.
The number of sanctuary cities have increased over the last few years as more and more cities don’t agree with the federal immigration policies. Police chiefs across the nation believe that enforcing these immigration laws will lead to a distrust between the police force and illegal immigrants, something they want to avoid.
McDonough argues that getting rid of illegal immigrants is important as this group is linked to a high number of murders and drug use in the state of Maryland. McDonough also disapproves with this group taking low-skill level jobs from deserving people in the state.
Democratic Delegate William C. Smith, Jr. does not believe that this plan will make it out of committee in the Democratic-controlled legislature.