From the office of Del. Pat McDonough:
200,000 illegal alien criminals have been deported from the United States this past year. These are not your typical nannies or landscapers, but dangerous violent criminals. Drug dealers and gang bangers have been increasing in scary numbers in Maryland. Our neighboring state of Virginia has launched a serious crackdown on the criminals, forcing many of them to invade nearby Maryland. MS 13, the Latin Kings, the Mexican Mafia, and other dangerous gangs are spreading throughout Maryland. More than 80% of the drugs that plague our state enter America across the Mexican border.
The federal government has provided a number of effective programs designed to combat these criminals and provide aid to local government. The first bill that I have introduced is the 287G, Federal Law Enforcement Act. This bill will provide intelligence, training, and financial assistance from the federal government. The legislation is designed to alleviate local government from the financial burden of prosecution and incarceration. Criminal illegals who are arrested by local law enforcement will be turned over to the authority of the federal government, saving taxpayers millions of dollars.
The second bill will mandate that the large and growing number of illegal alien criminals in our prison system will be deported by the federal government upon release. This program will once again save taxpayers money and eliminate dangerous criminals from our neighborhoods.
The third piece of legislation is a common sense proposal that will mandate judges and commissioners to ask for information regarding the immigration status of all criminal defendants. Obviously, this information is needed in order for the judge to make a reasonable decision about bail or release. Someone without lawful presence in the United States is more likely to flee or become a higher risk of returning for judicial process. This bill would save money and prevent violent criminals from roaming the streets. At the present time, judges are discouraged from requesting this information.
All of these bills will be heard in the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, February 15th at 1 p.m. Anyone wishing to testify on the bills or contact the Judicial Committee by e-mail, phone call, or letter, should contact Fran Harris in Annapolis at 410-841-3334. For additional information or an interview, contact Delegate McDonough by calling the Annapolis toll-free number, 410-841-3334 or the district office number, 410-238-0025.