Immigration and the 2020 Session

As bills are introduced, we will provide bill numbers and links to the actual bill text.

The UULM-MD Immigration Task Force, along with its partner organizations, -- CASA De Maryland, ACLU-Maryland, Congregation Action Network, UU’s for Soclal Justice, Jews United for Justice – expect to advocate for the enactment of the following bills:

Override the Veto of the Maryland Dream Act Expansion. This bill, HB262/SB537, was overwhelmingly passed by the 2019 General Assembly, but was vetoed by Gov. Hogan. The bill, an extension of the 2012 Dream Act, allows undocumented students to go directly to any four-year public institution at in-state tuition rates if they quality for admission. It eliminates the high school – community college residency requirement as well as onerous tax proof requirements. Additionally, it protects DACA and TPS students who may lose their in-state status if the Trump Administration cancels these programs. On January 30, 2020, both houses overrode the Governor's veto!

 

Protect the Privacy of Vulnerable Populations by limiting or outlawing the use of facial recognition software being used to target immigrant populations (SB 476/SB 857) and outlawing the sharing of data frm MVA (HB 892/SB 649) and other state agencies with federal agencies including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Trust Act - SB 901This omnibus legislation will defend the rights of our immigrant communities that are increasingly threatened by unjust and misguided federal immigration policies. The bill will establish policies and procedures for state and local participation with federal civil immigration efforts including rules to prevent law enforcement from:

· Asking about a person’s immigration status during routine police functions

· Transferring persons to ICE without a judicial warrant

· Detaining persons for the purpose of immigration enforcement without a judicial warrant

· Notifying ICE about an immigrant’s whereabouts

· Using local law enforcement resources for immigration enforcement

 

HB 388 Contains prohibitions that  would prohibit a law enforcement agent from inquiring about an individual's immigration status, citizenship status, or place of birth or transferring an individual to federal immigration authorities under certain circumstances.
 

HB 403/SB 903 - Would ensure that certain facilities remain safe and sccessible to all, regardless of immigration status. The bill would authorize public schools, hospitals and courthouses to establish and publish policies that limit immigration enforcement on their premises to the fullest extent possible consistent with federal and state law based on the guidelines to be developed by the Attorney General.

 

HB 677/SB 850 - Dignity Not Detention Act. This bill would ban new state and local contracts with for-profit immigrant detention companies and phase out existing contracts by October 2021. The bill also prohibits state and local entities from entering any new contracts or renewing existing contracts with ICE. (Currently, three counties—Frederick, Howard and Worcester—have detention facility contracts with ICE and ICE is seeking to build a 600-bed facility exploring a location in Sudlersville, MD. California, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico and Texas are exploring similar legislation.

Detailed information and talking points will be available after the bills have been introduced to enable letter-writing, texting, email messaging, visits and testimony – all of which you are encouraged to undertake.

 

For more information, please contact Immigration Task Force Co-Chairs, Jim Caldiero and Tammy Spengler at immigration@uulmmd.org.

The effectiveness of UULM-MD’s statewide advocacy work is impossible without the involvement of UUs and other Marylanders.

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