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MD AG Brian Frosh requests "safe harbors" for immigrants

Posted at 9:04 AM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 09:06:08-05

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security requesting the DHS designate Maryland's courts, hospitals and schools enforcement-free areas.

Frosh stated in the letter:

“...these new policies will discourage immigrants from seeking help or reporting criminal activity, with the result that our State and local law enforcement authorities will be deprived of the assistance they need to keep us safe.  And by eliminating longstanding privacy protections put in place by President George W. Bush’s administration, and increasing exponentially the ‘expedited removal’ of immigrants without hearings and other due process protections, these policies may also run afoul of constitutional principles and laws protecting civil liberties.”

Frosh suggested that the best approach would be for DHS to incorporate these “safe harbors” in the Trump Administration’s new enforcement policies. 

He is concerned that these policies will discourage many immigrants from seeking judicial protection and medical care.

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Last month, Attorney General Frosh sent a letter to DHS requesting information about how the federal government’s implementation of President Trump’s “foreign terrorist” executive order affects Maryland and its residents.

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