Immigration Action team
Legislation of interest
Dignity not Detention Act (HB16/SB478)
1.Prohibit any new contracts or renewals of existing contracts with detention facilities operated by private corporations
2.Ensure that the public is adequately informed about any plans for a new private detention facility
3.Require local entities that already have an existing immigration detention agreement (IGSAs) to terminate the contract by June 2021.
Universal Representation (SB317/HB750)
- Provide legal representation for immigrants in detention in Maryland and Maryland residents in other states
- Ensure access to counsel for the full range of deportation hearings
- Designate community groups to reach and educate communities affected by immigrant detention.
Trust Act ( HB304/SB88)
- End police partnership with ICE and other federal agencies, including 287g programs.
- Protect immigrants from ICE in sensitive locations such as schools, courthouses and hospitals.
- Protect immigrants against coercion to ensure that community members can interact with police without fear of harassment.
- Stop law enforcement agencies from inquiring to, transferring to, notifying for or detaining for ICE.
Driver Privacy Act (SB234/HB23)
- Require federal authorities to have a warrant and a valid reason before searching MVA databases
- Require state and local agencies to keep records of all such requests from federal agencies
- Prevent ICE from running facial recognition technology to search for immigrants.
joe biden’s immigration priorities
“You know, 11 million people live in the shadows. I believe they’re already American citizens. These people are just waiting, waiting for a chance to contribute fully. And by that standard, 11 million undocumented aliens are already Americans, in my view.”
Joe Biden in 2014
Bill to end ice contract
On August 27 County Council member Liz Walsh introduced a bill (CB-51) that would end Howard County’s contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. The contract allows ICE to use the county’s detention center to house immigrants charged with violating federal immigration law.
who we are
Mission and objectives
Make Howard 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.
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.
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