HOW TO SUPPORT THE SAFE ACT
The opposition is working EXTRA hard against the SAFE Act and spreading lies! FAIR, Campaign For Liberty, and Help Save Maryland are working TOGETHER on this! Last year the opposition had 3,000 petitions against the Trust Act (similar to the SAFE Act) and this year they want 5,000 petitions! See SAFE Act PDF Sheet or SAFE Act Word Sheet of this post.
We NEED everyone’s help especially written testimony which is really easy even if you are unable to go to the hearing.
What needs to be done This Weekend?
- Please send written testimony to either Bonnie Campos email@example.com or Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez Gutierrez@house.state.md.us. It is BEST to send this by 12 p.m. Monday, March 12th, 2018. If you cannot get this in by 12 p.m. please get this in by the end of the business day.
- Please also sign and send a Letter of Support to either Bonnie Campos: firstname.lastname@example.org or Delegate Gutierrez: email@example.com
- It is BEST to send this by 12 p.m. Monday, March 12th, 2018. If you cannot get this in by 12 p.m. please get this in by the end of the business day.
*Note you can scan or take a picture with your cell phone camera then email this.
*What needs to be done Tuesday, March 13th, 2018?
- Go to the hearing if you are able. You can give oral testimony if you like but if you do please see Hearing Witness Guidelines.
Hearing: Tuesday, March 13th, 2018 @ 1 p.m (please arrive BEFORE 1 p.m. to allow extra time especially with parking in Annapolis) House of Delegates, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, House Judiciary Room # 100
*What to do between now and Tuesday?
- Please keep making calls, leaving voicemail messages (even after hours), and sending emails/faxes to the delegates including those on judiciary committees. You can contact your delegates and any other delegates even if you are not a constituent! They are elected Maryland delegates and you are a Maryland resident and voter!
- PLEASE contact members of the Judiciary Committee especially Vallario and Dumais but if you can please contact all of them!
- Find your delegates and any other delegates! Remember each delegate represents ALL Maryland residents through their votes!
*Here is a sample script for calls that can also be modified for an email:
Hi, I am a constituent of yours and I would like you to vote for the SAFE ACT. I want our police force focusing on the task of keeping our streets safe, and not participating in immigration enforcement or the creation of registries of Marylanders. I also want to support police by allowing them to reject any detainer notices that are not accompanied by a warrant since those detainers are illegal. Please give my input to the delegate.
A. SEND IN A LETTER OF SUPPORT
Email this to either Bonnie Campos firstname.lastname@example.org or Del. Gutierrez: email@example.com
Dear Members of the MD House Judiciary Committee, Chairman Joseph Vallario, Jr, Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez, and Senator Roger Manno,
I am writing to support the Supporting All Families Everywhere -SAFE Act (HB1461).
I live in Maryland, a State where residents pride themselves on the a rich history of supporting and caring for others in our communities and for standing up for our civil rights. Maryland enjoys an ethnically diverse population, which contributes to the benefits that our schools and communities are influenced by many languages and cultures. I am proud to be a member of this community and honor the diversity it has to offer. However, given the recent events related to anti-immigrant behavior, our communities have suffered unrest and everyone including our immigrant neighbors have become increasingly fearful to participate in community events, attend school or church service, or seek important services for all residents.
I am glad to know that the SAFE Act will dawn clean lines between the responsibility of our local police and federal immigration (ICE). It will allow local law enforcement to focus on keeping our communities safe and not take on the role of ICE. This will allow me and my neighbors to feel safe without being stopped due to the color of our skin, our accent, or the clothes we wear solely for the purpose of questioning our immigration status. I want me and my neighbors to be able to call the police when a crime is committed and report it without the fear of becoming the target for ICE. We rely on the local enforcement to keep our communities safe but it also takes a true trusting partnership when local law enforcement can rely on the community to help to solve crimes.
Additionally, I also feel our tax dollars designated for local law enforcement should not be use for federal immigration, but for local law enforcement.
Please stand up for all the people who live in Maryland, pass laws to protect our communities and keep our local law enforcement doing the job we ask of them, to protect and serve. Please vote to pass the HB1461 SAFE Act.
B. Send in Testimony for the Hearing
The testimonial should be brief and the people reviewing these will go through these quickly. We need AS MANY AS POSSIBLE to counter the opposition. Numbers really do count here!
Basically, you need the following.
- Your name
- Where you live
- Say you support the SAFE Act
- Add one or a few personal reasons you support the SAFE Act.
Some suggested points. You can add your own points or reword these if you like. The most important thing is to get this in by Monday, March 12th, 2018 preferably by 12 p.m. or by the end of the business day to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Delegate Ana Gutierrez: email@example.com.
Suggested Points To Add
Feel free to:
• Add your own points
*NOTE: These will be read very quickly so it’s best to keep it brief.
Please help us foster Safe and Trusting Communities! The SAFE Act:
- – Clarifies the role of local law enforcement
- – Reduces the fear that local law enforcement may also be acting as ICE agents
- – This leads to all residents being more comfortable to interact with local police
- – Allow local tax dollars to be used for local law enforcement
- -I want our police force focusing on the task of keeping our streets safe, and not participating in immigration enforcement or the creation of registries of Marylanders.
- -I also want to support police by allowing them to reject any detainer notices that are not accompanied by a warrant, since those detainers are illegal.
B. TESTIMONY FORM FORMAT
BILL NO: HB 1461
DATE: Month, XX, XXXX
BILL TITLE: Criminal Procedure – Immigration – Supporting All Families Everywhere (SAFE Act)
COMMITTEE: House Judiciary Committee
POSITION: SUPPORT or OPPOSE (choose one)
BILL CONTACT: Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez
To: The Honorable Joseph F. Vallario, Jr., Chair, House Judiciary Committee, and Committee Members
(Add your information about why you support or oppose the bill.)
In closing, [you / your organization] recommends a/n (UN)FAVORABLE report.
Close with your First and Last Name, Address (Street, City, State, Zip Code)
*This should be emailed to Delegate Gutierrez Ana Sol Gutierrez Gutierrez and cc’ed to your legislators. You can also email this to Bonnie Campos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attending in Person as a Witness
House Judiciary Committee (JUD)
Delegate Joseph F. Vallario, Chairman
Delegate Kathleen M. Dumais, Vice Chairman
Witness Guidelines and Committee FAQ’s
- Anyone wishing to testify in person on any bill must sign-in on the electronic witness sign-up computers by 12:30 p.m. on the day of the hearing. The sign-up computers are located in the lobby outside the committee room.
- Witnesses – please do not read your written testimony. Please limit your testimony to no more than three minutes.
- Witnesses should form panels of four whenever possible so that they can go up together. Following testimony by a panel of four, committee members may ask questions.
- Written testimony must be submitted no later than two hours prior to the scheduled start of the hearing (generally, 11:00 A.M.).
- Written testimony must include the following on the front page: the bill number, the name of the individual or organization submitting the testimony, and their position (Support, Support with Amendments, Oppose, or Informational).
- Thirty copies should be submitted to the committee clerk in the committee room. Electronic testimony – facsimile or email – is not accepted.
- The order in which bills are listed on the schedule is not necessarily the order in which the bills will be heard.
- FOOD AND DRINK ARE NOT PERMITTED in the audience area and cell phones should be turned off.
- If I am testifying on a bill, is it necessary to have written testimony?
No. However, if you do have written testimony, please submit 30 copies to committee staff by 11:00 A.M. the day of the hearing so that it may be distributed.
- May I submit written testimony prior to the day of the bill hearing?
Yes, early in-person submission of testimony is welcome. Please do not mail testimony.
- Do I have to come in person to listen to a bill hearing?
Committee bill hearings are streamed live over the Internet
2018 Maryland SAFE Act FAQ
What is it?
The Maryland Supporting All Families Everywhere “SAFE” Act clarifies the parameters of State and local law enforcement participation in Federal US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) efforts.
How does it work?
The Maryland SAFE Act takes proven community police policies and codifies them into State law. Clarifies that the Federal government do their job, without the assistance of our local police and the local police does theirs.
Why is it important?
Having an unambiguous law like the SAFE Act allows local law enforcement to better protect the communities they serve as well as reinforce the implementation of the communities’ Constitutional rights. Not only will communities have a clearer understanding of their rights, but law enforcement will have clear awareness of their role in protecting and serving these communities. It is important to delineate local law enforcement’s roles and responsibilities in order to prevent the violation of certain inalienable rights and local police want to prevent harm(ing) locally-based, community-oriented policing.
Who does the SAFE Act apply to?
The SAFE Act applies to all persons in Maryland, reinforcing their constitutional rights. According to the U.S. Constitution, the Supreme Court and legal scholars, Constitutional rights apply to every single person in the United States, regardless of status.
Will this law cost more to taxpayers?
No, it actually costs more money to deputize and train local law enforcement to act as ICE agents. Additionally, it costs police departments money to provide additional training, equipment and overtime. There is a cost to detain people and State tax dollars are used to settle lawsuits for violation of constitutional rights. However, the greatest cost to a community can be devastating when people are afraid to go to the police to report crimes.
What are the Benefits?
Studies have shown that the whole community benefits when everyone feels included. Our community’s success depends on making sure everyone who’s a part of it feels welcome. We need to welcome everyone in order to create a thriving economy. Welcoming communities have a higher median household income on average and lower unemployment.
 Plyler v. Doe (1982) – “The courts have held that once an alien enters this country the Fifth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment protect them from being deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. These protections extend to an alien “whose presence in this country is unlawful, involuntary, or transitory.”
 Maryland Pays High Costs for Federal Immigration Enforcement – Maryland Center on Economic Policy. Link to pdf.
 Insecure Communities Report – the University of Illinois at Chicago. Link to pdf.
 The Effects of Sanctuary Policies on Crime and the Economy – Center for American Progress. Link to report.