MCGOP Pushes Back on Sanctuary County Policies in Montgomery County
This week the Montgomery County Republican Party issued a strong statement opposing the efforts of Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich to make the county a sanctuary for illegal aliens.
The Montgomery County Republican Party believes County Executive Elrich has just made the County less safe by issuing an executive order yesterday preventing county agencies from cooperating with ICE.
County Party Chairman, Alexander Bush, said, “If you take politics out of the decision, it quickly becomes apparent that one government agency refusing to share relevant information about law enforcement activities with another government agency makes no sense.” ICE has made clear that their enforcement operations are prioritized to focus on criminals, not peaceful undocumented individuals.
So long as enforcement does not include targeted courthouse arrests of crime victims, a policy of cooperation will only make Montgomery County safer. In fact, President Obama stated in a 2014 address on immigration that he had increased the deportation of criminal immigrants by 80%. Viewed in this light, Chairman Bush noted, “Elrich’s political stunt is all about opposing a President he hates, even at the risk of the safety of Montgomery County residents.”
The Promoting Community Trust Executive Order, signed into effect Monday, prohibits all executive-branch departments in Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction from assisting federal agents in civil immigration investigations. This includes not allowing agents to access nonpublic spaces in government buildings unless they have a court order or criminal warrant.
While local law enforcement and various government departments in the liberal suburb already had internal policies preventing employees from cooperating with immigration raids, Elrich’s order formalized these rules.
According to advocates, it was the strongest action taken in support of undocumented immigrants in the Washington region.
Without any Republican elected officials representing Montgomery County, a fact made possible by ultra-partisan gerrymandering, it falls to GOP leaders, themselves elected by Republican voters in the county, to push back publicly on these dangerous policies.
Folks in Montgomery County remember the violent attacks committed by illegal aliens in the County as well as the recent murders by illegals in neighboring Prince George’s County. The latter events caused a reversal of some of those policies.
Governor Hogan, to his credit, has prevented and opposed similar policies on the state level saying, at on point, that “I believe that local law enforcement should be cooperating fully with federal law enforcement” and calling anything less “absurd.”
Let’s hope more folks in Montgomery County support the position of the local GOP and Governor Hogan and reject the radical sanctuary policies of the far left democrats currently running the county.