David Trone

Congressman David Trone

U.S. Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) asked the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General to review whether the Frederick County Sheriff’s office should be holding public steering committee meetings as part of its 287(g) program with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The 287(g) program provides training for sheriff’s deputies by ICE. Within the program, deputies can ask about the immigration status of anyone booked into the county’s adult detention center, and begin deportation proceedings if necessary.

Trone sent a letter Aug. 30 to Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, citing a March 2010 report from that office which deemed “steering committee meetings are a necessary component of 287(g) agreements,” according to the letter.

According to that report, the Inspector General recommended that 287(g) program sites should “maintain steering committees with external stakeholders, with a focus on ensuring compliance with the MOA (Memorandum of Agreement).”

The current MOA between ICE and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office about the 287(g) program was renewed earlier this year, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said.

That one-year extension didn’t change any language from the 2016 agreement, Jenkins added.

That agreement states that the sheriff’s office “will, as necessary, engage in Steering Committee meetings and may engage in other community outreach with individuals and organizations expressing an interest” in the MOA.

It also states the sheriff’s office and ICE’s field office in Baltimore should hold annual meetings to ensure sheriff’s deputies involved with the 287(g) program are complying with the MOA.

Jenkins defended his decision to cancel this year’s steering committee meeting, citing “just cause” due to committee meetings being unproductive in the past.

He said he read Trone’s letter to the Inspector General Thursday, and spoke with one of his staff members about seven to 10 days ago about the 287(g) program. He called the letter a “political” move, and was concerned about its overall intent.

“The larger question is why does a congressman representing the constituents of his district … how does he justify opposing a program that enforces the law?” Jenkins said. “Do you think he would have taken his time to write this letter if it wasn’t political?”

Hannah Muldavin, a spokeswoman for Trone, said in an email that the congressman sent a letter to the Inspector General in response to hearing from multiple constituents about the lack of public steering committee meetings associated with the 287(g) program.

“In his oversight capacity as a member of Congress, Congressman Trone sent a letter to the Inspector General to inquire about the status of these meetings and to ask under what circumstances the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is required to conduct these meetings,” Muldavin said in a prepared statement.

Maj. Michael Cronise, who works in the sheriff’s office at the county’s adult detention center, declined to comment on the letter because he hadn’t seen it, but also confirmed the MOA had been renewed earlier this year.

Craig Fohl, an assistant field office director in ICE’s Baltimore office, deferred comment to ICE spokeswoman Kate Pote. Pote did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.

It’s unclear how long it will take Cuffari’s office to review the letter and make any recommendations, or take any action. His press office did not respond to multiple phone calls or emails for comment Thursday.

Muldavin said Trone and his staff don’t know how long it will take Cuffari’s office to review the letter and take any action.

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at sbohnel@newspost.com. He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

(77) comments

jsklinelga

Numerous times I visited Congresswoman Byron's office and Congressman's Bartlett office. Have you ever been to Trone's Frederick office? Once again, David Trone is a perfect example of what is woefully wrong with Congress.

Frayou

Somewhat of an irony. I read about major concerns for following proper protocols & procedures on one hand, but display little concerns about the unlawful entry of illegal immigrants, including those breaking the law performing transgressions and harm to to general public. Irony.

riccicc

When are these dumbheaded liberal Maryland democratic politicians going to get it through their stupid heads that the 287g program was an invention of their lord and master president bill clinton?

DickD

Now that you have explained that, explain why the Sheriff's office fears an audit. I for one am not against 287 (g). But, as you have pointed out, it is a federal law and the County is supposed to be reimbursed for all expenses by the federal government.

BunnyLou

He doesn’t fear it. The audit is a political stunt by our brain dead county adminstrators.

CharlesNelsonReilly

Funny story about Trone. When he was campaigning he and his staff of like 30 people would park themselves outside of Shady Grove Metro and shake hands and ask for votes. One day on my commute into work while walking to the Shady Grove metro platform, Trone approached me and said: "Hi, I'm David Trone and I'm running for Congress".

I said, "yes, I know who you are Mr. Trone and I have one question for you: Why in God's name would you want to be a member of Congress given that you have a very successful business that you probably have other people run the day to day operations for?".

He was definitely caught off guard cause his response we not very coherent.

I then said, "hey Mr. Trone, you know what would be great, is if you opened one of your Total Wine stores in Frederick".

His eyes lit up like an old man looking at a recliner and said "Oh my gosh, Maryland has some of the most restrictive alcohol laws in the Country and we want to expand badly but the state laws are such that we have to get County Council's together with State Senator's in order to pass the laws that let us into Counties like Frederick & MoCo. We can't just open up shop in the Wegmans shopping center".

I said, ok, thanks. Then as I jumped on the Metro and thought about the $20 million plus the guy spent on his own campaign, I realized that was why he is running for Congress. He wants to get special privileges for his business that he otherwise wouldn't be able to get if he were a regular CEO. No sane human being would spend $20 million + of their own money to run for a congressional seat in western Maryland if there wasn't something in it for him.



How peculiar that he is now working closely with the goofball lefties on the County Council. Wonder how long it will be until they put together some sort of special waiver for him and Total Wine to open up stores that others aren't privy to?


DickD

Lot of assumptions there Charlie. You know the saying about assumptions.

FrederickFan

This is really ridiculous. Liquor laws are decided by the state legislature not county councils.

MD1756

Then please explain MoCo's control of liquor?

threecents

Sounds like Trump.

public-redux

If what you and Trone say are accurate, then he should have run for state senate.

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crc1busdriver

Amen!

corgikid

So the fat slob decided to show up for once. But not to help us! To help the illegal aliens. Please go back to Montgomery County and stay there. And keep your illegal alien criminals down there.

awteam2000

The letter was from Trump.

rnrbug

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threecents

Editor, Given that the sheriff and his supporters seem to think that elected county officials want the 287(g) program eliminated and Frederick to become a sanctuary county, maybe you could ask Jan and the council to share their views on those topics.

DennisD

My first thoughts are the Sheriff should respect the duly elected congressional representative for the district within which he serves, and not offer 'opinions' that presuppose intent. A desire of Rep. Trone to see that the laws are properly enforced, and followed by those who enforce the law should be congratulated. Former Sheriff Arpaio of Arizona is an proper example of law enforcement deemed guilty of exceeding his authority in profiling certain ethnic populations and then found guilty of Contempt of Court for not following the instructions of the Judge after the first trial.



Public employees served and perform their duties under the laws of the Constitution, State, County and Local laws. Making sure this is properly done requires oversight by equal and other branches of the government.

crc1busdriver

You need to come on out West, and see why we need people like Sheriff Arpaio. It's not his fault that most of the people in the prison are law breakers, or what nationality they are. How would you like an influx of THOUSANDS of illegals entering Frederick, expecting ya'll to find a place for them, and deplete your resources? Since the check points are back open, millions of dollars worth of drugs, have been stopped. And, guess who's bringing them? I can't even imagine how much has slipped by. There are many poor people out here, who deserve to live better, and have their children have shoes to wear to school, good food to eat, and a nice place to live, but, our resources are going to illegals, who have earned nothing here. But, we are so worried about the illegals, how they are being treated, the children, etc. I see them wearing nice clothes, and being fed and housed. And, you want to see poverty, come see how some of our American Indians are living. Total political BS, this is. Movie stars and politicians, come out here, and talk to these "poor little children" through fences, and post pictures. These children's parents or guardians are the ones who decided to drag them through the desert, sick, hungry and dirty, but, when they die here, it's whomever's "custody" they are in's fault. Stop making this about politics.

rnrbug

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DickD

First question, how does the Sheriff have the right to negotiate and sign agreements when the Frederick County Charter clearly states that all agreements are to be signed by the CE?

Second question, how does the Sheriff get the right not to abide by a contract signed by two parties, this is not a judgment that should be allowed withoutagreement of both contract signers.

TomWheatley

So, have the Sheriff conduct an annual meeting. However, it is a meeting and not a public hearing with 3 minutes blocks for speakers. That said, it is also not an opportunity for a scream fest from those in attendance shouting down those running the meeting. Try doing that at one of the County Council work sessions and see how long you will be allowed to stay in the room.

Reader1954

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jsklinelga

The gist of this letter seems to imply Sheriff Jenkins may be skirting the law. Congressman Trone is certainly an expert on "skirting" the law. His sidestepping the law, resulting in multiple arrests and indictments, helped amass his fortune. Which in turn helped him buy his congressional seat within an area he has little ties. 13 million dollars spent was not enough to buy the 8th District seat so he turned and bought the 6th district seat in the last election. if you review his history you can see he uses his political influence to further his personal interests. He is a perfect example of what is wrong with congress.

DickD

So, you object to Trone doing his job but have nothing to say about the Sheriff? You just shot the messenger, Jim.

public-redux

I have an idea! Trone can cater the alcohol at next year's G-7 meeting at Trump's Doral resort while Jenkins sniffs around for dangerous illegal dishwashers. That's so much winning all around.

hayduke2

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DickD

Great one, Gladys![thumbup]

hayduke2

How about the whole story - "Over the next decade, Trone was arrested three times, as he butted heads with state authorities in Pennsylvania on issues related to his business. In the end, the charges against him were dropped." I don't particularly like David Trone or know a lot about him but implying he was arrested and indicted to help him amass his fortune is wrong.

KellyAlzan

Charges dropped.

rnrbug

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phydeaux994

“It also states the sheriff's office and ICE's field office in Baltimore should hold annual meetings to ensure sheriff's deputies involved with the 287(g) program are complying with the MOA”.......there are NO DEPUTIES involved with the 287(g) Program. The word “Deputies” does not appear in the MOA. Deputies are in the Law Enforcement Bureau division of the FCSO, not the Corrections Bureau division which the 287(g) Program is part of. The Sheriff hasn’t made that distinction clear has he??? That the 287(g) Program is not the major Crime Fighting Force taking illegal aliens and MS13 Gang members off the streets of Frederick County that he has portrayed it to be for the last decade. Thank you David Trone.

KR999

As a matter of fact, I've heard the sheriff talk about the program at least twice on WFMD's Mid Maryland Live afternoon show and both times he made it very clear that his deputies are not involved with 287(g), that it's the personnel at the detention center who look into legal/illegal residence status OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR COMMITTING A CRIME, and contact ICE about the illegal ones. He also stated that, to date, something like 1575 illegals have been removed from the county due to the program, approximately 115 of whom were known MS 13 gang members. Thank you Sheriff Jenkins, keep up the great work! [thumbup]

awteam2000

Over eleven years, Jenkins has removed 1575 illegals and approximately 115 MS gang members from Frederick County detention center that were arrested and brought here from other jurisdictions, not from Frederick County streets.

KR999

So, none of them were Frederick County? That's not my understanding. But even if it were true, that's still 1575 criminals gone, no matter where they were from.

public-redux

KR, you wrote that Jenkins "stated that, to date, something like 1575 illegals have been removed from the county due to the program." (emphasis added). I didn't hear the broadcast. Did the High Sheriff indicate how many of those people had been brought into the county due to the program?

KR999

No public, I don't recall the sheriff saying how many were from here or other jurisdictions. But what does it matter? As I said, that's 1575 more criminals, including 115 gang members, gone. I consider that a good thing, don't you?

public-redux

KR, Do you think it was you who misrepresented what the High Sheriff said or was it the High Sheriff who misrepresented the facts? I consider having an honest sheriff a good thing, don't you?

KellyAlzan

The immigrants held at the detention center are not and were not entirely all residing in Frederick county therefore, their existence in the 287 program offers no benefit to Frederick County and it’s residents.

rnrbug

And that matters why?

awteam2000

Well, because the sheriff implies he’s removing criminals from the county’s streets. Where actually he’s housing potential deportees from other jurisdictions ,the large majority arrested in other jurisdictions not in Frederick. That’s misleading at best.

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threecents

KR, Evidently you missed this: https://www.fox5dc.com/news/frederick-county-sheriff-says-he-needs-help-against-attack-on-his-immigration-enforcement-policies

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public-redux

From the article threecents linked to: "Meanwhile, Jenkins says that’s not how he sees it, and is asking supporters to flood the council with emails and calls to keep the 287-G immigration enforcement program intact."



Jeez, the Fake News media can't get anything right.

KR999

I don't see your point three, I happen to agree 100% with what the sheriff said in the article you provided the link to. I believe the liberals in charge of this county do want to get rid of him, they do want to abolish the 287(g) program, and they do want Frederick County to become a sanctuary county. And I hope and pray that I'm dead before that happens if, in fact, it does. And if they get their way it will.

rnrbug

To Kelly thats about a stupid comment....if they committed crimes in Fred. CO and were caught it MOST def benefits us citizens directly, no matter what is their given "home" address...

threecents

KR, As the sheriff pointed out in the article, the council does not have the authority to get rid of him or to abolish the 287(g) program. That is unless the independent audit or Homeland Security find significant improprieties. So, unless there are significant improprieties he should not be worrying. But even if the 287(g) program is abolished in Frederick, I think the Redskins have a better chance to win the super bowl than Frederick has of becoming a sanctuary county. (I don't even want Frederick to be a sanctuary county.)

awteam2000

Rnrbug, you do understand the vast majority of detainees didn’t commit crimes in Frederick County and weren’t arrested in Frederick County. Correct me if I am wrong.

public-redux

KR, And that’s why the High Sheriff should welcome the audit with open arms. What better way to show up the liberals than by demonstrating the program has no financial issues.

KellyAlzan

Rnrbug, you may wanna read up on the subject. So your don’t respond with embarrassing responses to yourself

Samanthapowers

Kelly - kfc/cd/possibly loo's real name is Ronald? As in Ronald McDonald?

Samanthapowers

would you prefer to be called burger king or wendy?

Samanthapowers

lol. a suggestion from a bullying, misogynistic, intolerant, 'little' man? surely you jest. the day you teach anyone about anything, including adult life, is the day the sky falls. just your lot in life. sorry!

rnrbug

Please Kelly direct me to where you found info these criminals were arrested in other counties and sent to Frederick. Im more than happy to read up on it. Im not embarrassed.....

rnrbug

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richardlyons

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public-redux

I wish the High Sheriff would publicly say that he welcomes any and all audits and inquiries as he has nothing to hide. His failure to do that creates the inadvertent appearance that he might have something to hide.

FrederickFan

Exactly! Why is the Sheriff opposed to an audit.

richardlyons

[thumbup] Bubba doesn't like oversight.

threecents

PubRed, That is exactly what I thought the sheriff was doing at first - accepting an outside audit as an opportunity to build public trust, and I was first in line giving him high praise, Then it turns out he has been totally politicizing this whole thing and sounds desperate, and the reason is becoming more and more clear, especially with this article - he screwed up and has things to hide. Hopefully we county tax payers will not be liable for any more of his screwups.

public-redux

We shouldn't jump to conclusions. Maybe the High Sheriff is just bad at communicating.

threecents

Correct - I piled on and over-reacted.

KellyAlzan

I don’t believe he has things to hide. But, I do believe he is nervous that the cat will be let out of the bag exposing his misrepresentations

MD1756

Seems like political grand standing. "Recommendations" and "shoulds" are not requirements. If something was to be a requirement the language would be "must" or "shall." It's not that complicated.

awteam2000

MD, Doesn’t the term “will” have legal significance as to carrying out one’s pledged duties?

KR999

You left out two key words, will "as necessary." Seems to me it's up to the sheriff to decide if the meetings are necessary. Taking into consideration he repeats the same facts about the program at every meeting, and some of the attendees ("passionate protesters" as that loser Bickel likes to call them,) can't act in a civilized manner during the meetings (would you like people shouting you down as you're trying to speak and someone else screaming "You're a racist" at you while you're trying to conduct a meeting?) I can see why the sheriff decided future meetings were unnecessary.

KellyAlzan

”It also states the sheriff’s office and ICE’s field office in Baltimore should hold annual meetings to ensure sheriff’s deputies involved with the 287(g) program are complying with the MOA.”



You left out this pairagragh

KR999

"Should" does not mean mandatory or compulsory. Pay attention Kelly.

DickD

And the judgement is only up to the Sheriff? Usually, you request a change or contract modification. Perhaps the Sheriff doesn't know this because of his limited education.

threecents

KR, The point is that if he is complying, then he should have no problem with Trone asking Homeland Security if he is complying AND he should have no problem with an outside audit. Instead he has been fighting both the audit and the Homeland Security inquiry, insisting both are political attacks from his enemies, rather than accepting them as an opportunity to build public trust in his work.

KR999

Three, I have yet to read anywhere were he said he has a problem with the audit, could you provide a link attesting that he does? I do agree with him in that he believes the libs running this county want him out of office, that they want the 287(g) program discontinued, and that they want Frederick County to become a sanctuary county. All of which would be extremely bad for the county.

rnrbug

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gr23932

What's wrong in calling a racist a racist?

MD1756

Don't get me wrong about whether audits and committee meetings are good ideas or not. If it doesn't cost much in resources (especially compared to potential benefits), I'm usually for audits, meetings etc. I was merely opining on the issue of requirements. It doesn't seem like the language actually requires steering committee meetings otherwise ICE's OIG would have stated such in their March 2010 letter. Insteaed, they used the word "Should." Now if ICE's OIG is anything like EPA's OIG, they are very careful with the language they use so their use of "should" is not a mistake. In this case the Sheriff's Office deemed a meeting was not necessary (whether or not others believe it to be necessary or not).

gabrielshorn2013

You are correct md1756. I deal with regulatory agencies daily. Compulsory regulatory language uses "shall" or "must", and word usage by such agencies is deliberate. I believe the Sheriff said in previous FNP story that DHS told him the public meetings were not mandatory.

awteam2000

The 287(g) MOA is a type of contract, with a begin and end date, and thus governed by contract law principles. Trone’s letter is to hopefully get clarification: guidelines and specifications relevant to the contract from the Inspector General.

MD1756

gabrielshorn, I worked in compliance and enforcement at the US EPA for 27 years, so I know a little about regulatory language and even contract language and what is enforceable and litigation risks.

rnrbug

[thumbup] amen thats how I read it

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