Immigration Action team
who we are
Mission and objectives
The Immigration Team of Indivisible Howard County aims to make our county a safe and supportive environment for immigrants. The team hopes to raise public awareness of immigrants’ and refugees’ rights and concerns in order to promote compassionate legislation.
2023 goals and plans
With the Liberty Act now law in Howard County our current focus is to
- Educate Howard County residents, especially immigrants, about the Liberty Act.
- Ensure that county employees are in compliance with the Liberty Act.
One way to educate the public is to provide pocket-size cards for individuals that state their rights. We are in the process of printing several thousand cards in English, Spanish, and several other languages.
HOW YOU CAN HELPYou can help by:
- Attending an Immigration Team meeting.
- Contacting one of the many immigrant groups in Howard County and offering to explain and distribute these cards
- Offering to help with the cost of printing
- Meeting with County employees to assure they are aware of and understand the basics of the Liberty Act.
TO LEARN MORE, TO BE ON OUR MAILING LIST, CONTACT ROZ ZINNER AT ROZZINNER@GMAIL.COM
history of the immigration team
The Liberty Act
December 10, 2020
“From Scott Peterson, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 202-277-9412ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Today, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball signed CB-63, The Liberty Act, which prevents County employees from asking about the immigration status of residents, discriminating based on immigration status, and requiring that certain information related to citizenship be kept confidential in Howard County. Additionally, Ball penned a letter to the Biden Administration Transition Team emphasizing the need for changes to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and their current operations around the country.”
2021-2022 Goals and Plans
With a lot of hard work by our group and others such as the Coalition for Immigrant Justice, the Liberty Act survived a recall effort and is now settled law.
what we do
Demonstration on ending ICE contract with HoCo.
Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice (HCCIJ) is a group of immigrants, concerned organizations, and individuals working to support and protect our foreign-born friends and neighbors in Howard County. We believe all residents of Howard County deserve respect, justice, safety, and opportunities to thrive and prosper.
The Foreign-Born Information and Referral Network FIRN is a nonprofit organization in Howard County, Maryland, that empowers immigrants, refugees, asylees, and other foreign-born individuals by helping them to access community resources and opportunities. FIRN provides immigration counseling, interpreting & translation services, information and referrals and a variety of workshops.
CASA is a nonprofit group working to organize, advocate for, and expand opportunities for Latino and immigrant people in the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. CASA provides employment placement; workforce development and training; health education; citizenship and legal services; and financial, language, and literacy training to Latino and immigrant communities.
If you wish to contact the Immigration Action Team, please fill out the form below.