• Jim Caldiero

Immigration: Time to Take Action



Immigration-related bills are now being introduced in the General Assembly. All the bills listed below will be considered in the House’s Judiciary Committee and the Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee.

If your delegate or senator is a member of these committees, you are encouraged to contact them and express your support or opposition to the bills. Of course, even if your senator or delegate is not a member of these committees, you are encouraged to contact them about these bills.

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Bill Summary and Tracking Numbers:


FOR: Override Governor Veto of Dream Act Expansion

The Dream Act of 2012 enabled undocumented students to attend at in-state tuition rates a four-year public college or university if they completed study at a community college in the county from which they graduated high school. The Dream Act Expansion removes the community college/high school county residency requirement, allowing students to directly attend any 4-year public institution of higher learning with in-state tuition rates. After all, for example, families move from place to place and the residency requirement could be onerous for a student who may have attended high school in PG county but now lives in Frederick County. The veto override vote was delayed and is now scheduled to be voted on January 30, 2020 in the House of Delegates. No word on Senate scheduling yet.


FOR: HB 388 Criminal Procedure - Civil Immigration Enforcement – Restrictions

Short Title: Government Agents

Prohibiting a certain law enforcement agent from making a certain inquiry about an individual's immigration status, citizenship status, or place of birth or transferring an individual to federal immigration authorities under certain circumstances; prohibiting, without a warrant, a certain law enforcement agent from transferring or detaining an individual, notifying federal immigration authorities with an individual's location information, or using law enforcement resources to further civil immigration enforcement; etc.

Sponsors: Delegates Pena-Melnyk, Acevero, Barron, Bartlett, Carr, Charkoudian, Ebersole, Feldmark, Fennell, W. Fisher, Fraser-Hidalgo, Gilchrist, Haynes, Hettleman, Hill, Holmes, Ivey, Kaiser, Korman, Lehman, J. Lewis, R. Lewis, Lierman, Love, Luedtke, Moon, Mosby, Palakovich Carr, Rosenberg, Shetty, Solomon, Stein, Stewart, Terrasa, Valentino-Smith, and Washington

Status: First reading in House Judiciary Committee

Recommended Action: FOR the Bill. Contact Committee Members and Delegates to Support the bill. See links above to find committee members and senators and delegates.


FOR: HB 403 Immigration Enforcement - Public Schools, Hospitals, and Courthouses – Policies

Short Title: Safe Spaces

Requiring the Attorney General, in consultation with certain stakeholders, to develop guidelines to assist public schools, hospitals, and courthouses to draft policies that limit civil immigration enforcement activities on their premises in order to ensure these facilities remain safe and accessible to all; and authorizing public schools, hospitals, and courthouses to establish and publish policies that limit immigration enforcement on their premises to the fullest extent possible; etc.

Sponsors Wilkins, Charkoudian, Feldmark, W. Fisher, Hill, Ivey, Kaiser, Lehman, Lierman, Love, Luedtke, Moon, Mosby, Pena-Melnyk, Rosenberg, Shetty, Solomon, Stewart, and Terrasa

Status: First reading in House Judiciary Committee

Recommended Action: FOR the bill. Contact Committee Members and Delegates to Support the bill. See links above to find committee members and senators and delegates.


OPPOSE: SB 197 Correctional Facilities - Individuals Subject to Immigration Detainer - Homeland Security Notification

Requiring a State or local correctional facility that is notified by the United States Department of Homeland Security that a certain individual is subject to an immigration detainer to provide a certain notice to the Department at least 72 hours before the individual is released from the facility if the individual is charged with or convicted of certain violations; etc.

Sponsors: Senators Hough, Bailey, Carozza, Cassilly, Eckardt, Edwards, Gallion, Hershey, Jennings, Ready, Reilly, Salling, Serafini, Simonaire, and West

Status: In the Senate - Hearing 1/30 at 1:00 p.m.

Recommended Action: OPPOSE the bill. Contact members of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and Senators to oppose the bill. Note: this bill is introduced every year and fails every year. But be vigilant. See links above to find committee members and senators and delegates.


For more information

Force chairs, Jim Caldiero or Tammy Spengler at immigration@uulmmd.org and thank you for your continued support to advance human rights and our UU values in Maryland.

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