March 19, 2012
For Immediate Release
Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Takes Bold Action to Protect Immigrants from Discrimination
Mayor of Baltimore to speak to community regarding her vision for Baltimore renaissance through commitment to immigrants
WHAT: Mayor Rawlings-Blake and high ranking representatives from police department and key city agencies meet with immigrant community to formalize groundbreaking executive order.
WHEN: Thursday, March 22nd, 5:30-7:30 pm
WHERE: Enoch Pratt Southeast Anchor Library
3601 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore MD 21231
WHO: Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, representatives from Baltimore City Police Department, Baltimore City Schools, Health Department, and Human Relations Commission, CASA de Maryland and Members of the community.
Baltimore, MD – This Thursday, Mayor Rawlings Blake will present community leaders with her recently-signed executive order protecting Baltimore residents from racial profiling and immigrant families from separation due to a broken immigration system. The Mayor, together with the Police department and other city departments, will meet with the Latino and Immigrant communities to provide information about the new protections and respond to questions about the role of immigrants in building a better Baltimore.
Earlier this month the Mayor signed an executive order which prohibits the differential treatment of city residents based on race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, and English language proficiency. The Order was signed just one week after the federal government forced Baltimore into the so-called “Secure Communities,” a broadly discredited federal program that forces local law enforcement into a deportation pipeline and has undermined community policing efforts across the country. The Executive Order signed this month outlaws police inquiries into immigration status and prohibits the expenditure of city funds on immigration enforcement.
CASA de Maryland led efforts to support adoption of the Executive Order, partnering with organizations and leaders including the Mayor’s Hispanic Commission, the Baltimore City Branch of the NAACP, the Maryland State Conference of the NAACP, the Greater Baltimore Urban League, the Service Employees International Union Locals 1199, 32BJ and State Council, World Relief Immigration Clinic, Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Parish, New Harvest Ministries, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Women’s Law Center, UNITE HERE Local 7, Safe and Sound Coalition, Maryland Interfaith Legislative Committee, Progressive Maryland, the Baltimore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, and the Baltimore Hispanic Pastors Association.
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