Immigration and the 2021 Session

In the 2020 General Assembly session, we advocated for passage of seven bills. In this 2021 session, the UULM-MD Immigration Task Force, along with its partner organizations, -- CASA De MarylandACLU-Maryland, Congregation Action Network, UU’s for Soclal Justice, Jews United for Justice – expect to advocate for the enactment of the following four (4) bills:   

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

 

The Maryland Trust Act - HB 304 / SB 88

This bill will limit police partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (including 287g programs). Specifically, it will prevent law enforcement officers and agencies from:

  • Inquiring about a person’s immigration status

  • Detaining an individual on behalf of ICE

  • Notifying or transferring an individual to ICE custody

The bill will protect immigrants from coercion, so that community members can call on law enforcement officers without fear of harassment.

Additionally, the bill requires the Maryland Attorney General to establish guidance regarding the presence of ICE and immigration enforcement on the premises of schools, hospitals and courthouses, known as sensitive locations, for which DHS has a stated policy.

Learn more: Trust Act Teach-In Slideshow                CASA Trust Act Flyer: 

Dignity Not Detention - HB 16 / SB 478

Immigration detention in the United States has become a lucrative business where people are treated not as humans, but as profitable assets. There are three local government detention centers in Maryland that have contracts with ICE to detain immigrants – in Frederick, Howard and Worcester Counties. This bill will end these contracts and end the state and local governments’ role in the building and operating of public or private immigration detention centers in Maryland.

Learn more: Dignity Not Detention Teach-In Slideshow            CASA Dignity Not Detention Flyer

Limiting Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) Data Sharing With ICE - HB 23 / SB 234

Recent research has exposed rampant sharing of information between state Departments of Motor Vehicles and ICE. In states like Maryland that have granted driving privileges to undocumented immigrants, ICE has found fertile ground to target, detain and deport residents. This bill will prevent ICE from being allowed to search through personal information of Maryland drivers without explicit authorization from a judge.

Learn more MVA Data Sharing With ICE Teach-In Slideshow               CASA MVA Sharing w/ICE

Universal Representation - SB 317 / HB 750

Immigrants who must appear before an immigration court do not have a right to government-appointed counsel which, in most cases, leads to devastating outcomes for them and their families. This bill will ensure that immigrants in detention and who face deportation will have access to counsel.

Learn more: Universal Representation Teach In Slideshow           CASA Universal Representation

 

Subject
Bill Number
XFile Bill Number
Sponsor
Title
Status
Current Location
Priority
Position
Action
UULM-MD Summary
Dignity Not Detention
HB0016
SB0478
Delegate Stewart
Correctional Services – Immigration Detention – Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act)
Passed Enrolled
Governor (signature or veto)
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would prohibit the State or any local jurisdiction from entering into agreements facilitating immigration-related detention by private entities, prohibit governmental entities from approving zoning variances or permits for the construction or reuse of buildings to house immigration-related detainees without public notification, and requird governmental entities to terminate existing contracts for the detention of immigration-related detainees by October 1, 2022
Dignity not detention
SB0478
HB0016
Senator Smith
Correctional Services – Immigration Detention – Prohibition (Dignity Not Detention Act)
Favorable with Amendments Report by Judicial Proceedings
Senate Floor (no vote taken)
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would prohibit the State or any local jurisdiction from entering into agreements facilitating immigration-related detention by private entities, prohibit governmental entities from approving zoning variances or permits for the construction or reuse of buildings to house immigration-related detainees without public notification, and requird governmental entities to terminate existing contracts for the detention of immigration-related detainees by October 1, 2022
Driver privacy
HB0023
SB0234
Delegate Stein
Personal Information - State and Local Agencies - Restrictions on Access (Maryland Driver Privacy Act)
Passed Enrolled
Governor (signature or veto)
X
Support
Contact your Delegate
Would require an officer, an employee, an agent, or a contractor of the State or a political subdivision to deny inspection by a federal agency seeking access for certain immigration enforcement matters of a public record that contains personal information or certain photographic images unless a valid warrant is provided.
Driver privacy
SB0234
HB0023
Senator Lam
Personal Information - State and Local Agencies - Restrictions on Access (Maryland Driver Privacy Act)
Passed Senate-No vote in House Committee
Rules and Executive Nominations
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would require an officer, an employee, an agent, or a contractor of the State or a political subdivision to deny inspection by a federal agency seeking access for certain immigration enforcement matters of a public record that contains personal information or certain photographic images unless a valid warrant is provided.
Right to counsel
HB0750
SB0317
Delegate Atterbeary
Office of the Attorney General - Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Coordinator
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would establish a right to legal representation for an individual in immigration detention for an immigration proceedings where he/she is subject to removal from the US. Would establish the Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Coordinator in the Office of the Attorney General to manage services and resources in order to provide individuals with access to legal representation.
Right to counsel
SB0317
HB0750
Senator Hettleman
Office of the Attorney General - Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Coordinator
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would establish a right to legal representation for an individual in immigration detention for an immigration proceedings where he/she is subject to removal from the US. Would establish the Right to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Coordinator in the Office of the Attorney General to manage services and resources in order to provide individuals with access to legal representation.
Trust Act
HB0304
SB0088
Delegate Fisher, W.
State and Local Government - Participation in Federal Immigration Enforcement
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judiciary
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Would provide immunity for an official from criminal and civil liability for refusing to provide information to the federal government or another state that would be used for the creation or maintenance of a registry for the purpose of discriminating against indiiduals on the basis of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, or national or ethnic origin.
Trust Act
SB0088
HB0304
Senator Smith
State and Local Government - Participation in Federal Immigration Enforcement
Hearing Held - No vote in committee
Judicial Proceedings
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Would provide immunity for an official from criminal and civil liability for refusing to provide information to the federal government or another state that would be used for the creation or maintenance of a registry for the purpose of discriminating against indiiduals on the basis of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, or national or ethnic origin.
Facial Recognition
SB0587
Senator Sydnor
Task Force on Facial Recognition Privacy Protection
Passed Senate-No vote in House Committee
Judiciary
Would prohibit certain governmental units from using facial recognition services under certain circumstances and for certain purposes
Healthy farmworkers
HB0577
Delegate Stewart
Health and Welfare of H–2 Visa and Migrant Workers – COVID–19 Pandemic – Regulations (Healthy Farmworkers Act)
Unfavorable
Would require the Secretary of Labor to adopt regulations, on or before October 1, 2021, relating to housing, accommodations, safety, health, rights, and welfare of H-2A and H-2B visa and migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Office of Imm. Affairs
HB0015
SB0085
Delegate Pena-Melnyk
Creating Governor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
Passed Enrolled
Governor (signature or veto)
Would establish a Governor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to create a network of neighborhood-based centers providing immigrant services, assist immigrants in certain matters, assist law enforcement in combatting crimes against immigrants, and promote civic and economic participation among immigrant communities.
Office of Imm. Affairs
SB0085
HB0015
Senator Rosapepe
Creating Governor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
Returned Passed
Governor (signature or veto)
Would establish a Governor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to create a network of neighborhood-based centers providing immigrant services, assist immigrants in certain matters, assist law enforcement in combatting crimes against immigrants, and promote civic and economic participation among immigrant communities.