In recent years the argument over 287(g) agreements between local law enforcement and jails, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to identify and deport those in violation of immigration laws (usually a civil, not criminal, violation), has approached a boiling point lately here in Frederick County.

There may be a way to achieve consensus between those who support 287(g) and those who oppose the controversial program. In order to move the focus to interests rather than defending positions, it would be helpful to start by centering on areas of agreement.

Certain facts we all agree on:

  • We want a safe and secure community for all, where all can prosper, while enjoying a happy productive life for themselves, their families and their neighbors.
  • We want Frederick to be an economically vibrant community that attracts business and tourists and provides opportunity for all.
  • We want to remove from the streets of Frederick County anyone that is a threat to the safety of those who live, work or visit our community.
  • The immigration issue is something that cannot be solved in Frederick County. It must be addressed and solved by Congress.

Keeping those agreed-upon points in mind, what are we trying to accomplish through the 287(g) agreement? What is the goal? What are the costs? And, are we accomplishing our goal? Whether you are a proponent or an opponent of 287(g), these should be reasonable questions you would like to explore with an open mind to ensure the wise and effective use of your taxpayer dollars.

Those supporting and those opposing 287(g) seem to be talking past each other, taking little time to listen to folks with differing views. They are focused on positions rather than interests. Often, both sides are using limited or misleading information. If we are to ever reach a consensus this must stop.

Other facts that should be considered when trying to reach consensus include:

  • Law enforcement agencies do not have to participate in a 287(g) agreement in order to cooperate with ICE.
  • Law enforcement agencies do not have to participate in 287(g) in order to identify, arrest, prosecute and incarcerate criminal aliens, after which, working with ICE, see they are deported.
  • The 287(g) program is a reactive one that casts a broad net often ensnaring heads of households, mothers and students, people who have worked in and contributed to our communities, in some cases for many years. It is not a carefully targeted, proactive program focused on dangerous criminals as originally intended.
  • Deporting people through 287(g) at great expense does not guarantee they will not return to the U.S. or to Frederick County, as evidenced by those who have been deported numerous times. And we don’t know how many return.
  • A September 2019 federal court decision has ruled ICE detainers unconstitutional.

After examining the goal of the controversial agreement in light of the aforementioned facts, it should be asked, is there an alternative, another way to actually achieve the goal of making our community safer that might be acceptable to both sides in the argument?

One possible alternative to 287(g) would be formulating a proactive multi-agency anti-crime task force that would target criminal aliens, gangs, individual gang members, human traffickers and violent felons, that is, those who pose an actual threat to our community. Proactive, laserlike targeting of these groups and individuals would mark them for arrest, prosecution, incarceration and where called for — following completion of any sentence to prison/jail — deportation.

The aforementioned task force idea is but one approach. Once discussion begins, other viable options might emerge.

It is time to explore reasonable alternatives with a potential for success in achieving the goal of improved safety to our community while advancing a measure of harmony through consensus.

In the words of 20th-century philosopher Rodney King, “can’t we all just get along?”

Karl Bickel, formerly second in command of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and former assistant professor of criminal justice, is retired from the U.S. Department of Justice and writes from Monrovia. He can be reached at KarlBickel@comcast.net.

(74) comments

mgoose806

Karl Beckel... "Former".... just about everything. For some reason this guy can't keep a job. Or win an election for that matter... Maybe he can assist Kai Hagen and investigate illegal Balloon releases in Frederick County..

phydeaux994

Under Section 287(g) in Maryland, ICE trains local law enforcement officers in federal immigration law so county jails can help find and report undocumented immigrants.

Detention officers identify inmates who might be in the country illegally and launch a response with federal authorities.

What happens to inmates who are screened?

Data is submitted to ICE, and if a detainer is issued against the inmate, the facility can hold him or her until federal agents take custody.

That’s it folks, that’s all it does! It doesn’t arrest anyone and it doesn’t deport anyone. That can only be done by Federal Agents and Federal Courts. Exciting huh? Sheriff Jenkins has misrepresented the 287(g) Program to achieve FAME and FORTUNE!!! Trips to the White House and testifying before Congress. $125,000 Salary, $30,000 more than the County Executive. And Lawsuits against the County costing ?????$.

Lev928

While I mean no personal disrespect, Karl Bickel's real world law enforcement experience in extremely limited. He can proclaim to have worked for MPDC and the FCSO, bu that only amounted to roughly 12 years. That's barely considered a "veteran officer". The rest of his time around law enforcement was in a civilian position as a policy maker and advisor, and sometimes "self employed". How can one "advise" or administer law enforcement with little actual, real world experience? The answer: it can't be done productively, effectively and efficiently. His motives are pure and simple: political. Sure, Sheriff Jenkins may not be the BEST candidate for the job, but he's done the job very well. In fact, there may be some personal beef between Jenkins and Bickel. More reason to consider the facts. As far as the 287(g) program is concerned, it's a FEDERAL program that provides funding to localities that operate under it. In fact, the 287(g) program falls well within the colors and confines of the U.S. Constitution and law. Illegal immigration is simply that ... illegal. Anyone that supports illegal immigration can be considered an outlaw by society's standards, much less the Constitution and law. While Mr. Bickel DOES provide some accurate information regarding the sheriff's office, he does NOT provide accurate information regarding the enforcement of our Constitution and laws. Call it politics, call it personal opinion ... either way Mr. Bickel is wrong. Not only does his overall lack of personal, direct involvement in the professional law enforcement field display his lack of knowledge and awareness of reality, it also exposes his clear intent to politically influence and corrupt law and order. Frederick County needs to head in the exact opposite direction. This has nothing to do with political party affiliation .. this has to do with a mindset that has been publicly promoted. Mr. Bickel is transparently unfit to LEAD a law enforcement agency, much less criticize one.

KarlBickel

Lev928 – I would argue that the depth and breadth of my experience across the policing filed is both unique and considerable but I do respect your opinion. As for my politics, I have been a republican, unaffiliated and now a democrat with no particular agenda other than a passion for effective professional policing and no beef with the sheriff.

You say that “As far as the 287(g) program is concerned, it's a FEDERAL program that provides funding to localities that operate under it.” That is actually not so. The 287(g) program provides no federal funding. 287(g) is fully funded with local tax dollars and local jurisdictions assume liability. You may want to review the Maryland Attorney Generals Local Law Enforcement of Immigration Law: Legal Guidance for Maryland State and Local Law Enforcement Officials http://www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Reports/Immigration_Law_Guidance.pdf

gabrielshorn2013

That's a little confusing Mr. Bickel. We all pay Federal taxes that go to the Federal government, and the 287g program is funded from those taxes. Are you saying that a special tax is levied on participating jurisdictions, and that the 287g program is funded from that?

Also, see phydeaux994 Nov 14, 2019 9:44pm post. It is our understanding that all the current 287g program does is trains participants on screening detainees for their immigration status, and if someone is found to be in this country illegally, they notify ICE, who issues a detainer, then comes to pick the violator up, reimbursing the participating jurisdiction for the cost of detention.

KarlBickel

gabrielshorn2013 – I am sorry I was not clearer. Yes we do pay federal taxes and they cover the costs of the ICE agents involved. The sheriff’s office staff time, training and travel expenses for correctional officers training, infrastructure costs, etc. are the responsibility of the county. The costs of 287(g) to local taxpayers in Prince William County, VA were reported to be about $300,000 per year. https://www.princewilliamtimes.com/news/sheriff-candidates-clash-over-ice-agreement/article_d7174958-c433-11e9-9ffe-1bc9530a4395.html There is no special tax levied for 287(g). Like Prince William County, VA the cost is hidden in the sheriff’s office budget, the reason the county executive and council have ordered an audit of the program.

mgoose806

You also have considerable experience loosing getting terminated and loosing elections.

KellyAlzan

At the end of the day Bickel's resume is more stacked than the resume of the current sheriff of Frederick County. At the end of the day, Bickel's qualifications to lead a law enforcement agency are much greater than the current sheriff's of Frederick County.

I do not feel the current sheriff has done "the job very well at all". He has displayed boredom with his job. Dwelling on leadership of another county when he should be focusing on and minding his own business, is a sure sign of boredom. Losing a lawsuit to an illegal immigrant is something that simply should never have happened. Had the current sheriff not gotten in over his head, had the current sheriff had a higher level of education, he would never have had deputies out doing what they did when they arrested the female illegal immigrant. He failed. And he failed the people of Frederick County. Many deputies at FCSO have low morale. I could list specific examples, but I'll stop it here due to concern for retribution.

This has nothing to do with party affiliation. Big difference between police leadership and a politician. I think last week's stunt backs this up.

MD1756

Mr. Bickel, your "Certain facts we can agree on" are actually not facts, but opinions, and not all of us can agree upon all of the statements made in your "facts." For example, your first and thirds bullets may be at odds depending on what you mean by safe and secure. If that includes safe and secure is not limited to your persons, but includes property those bullets become more at odds becuase you'd have to invoke the third bullet more and more as those who prosper from ill gotten gains become more prosperous, yet the latest trend seems to be to not take nonviolent criminals off the street thus allwing them to continue to prey on their victims. Additionally if "all" includes those here illegally but you refuse to recognize the true costs of them being here and how it may adversly impact our prosperity and quality of life (in no small part by adding to the problems of a growing population), then your first bullet is not again not a fact but more likely a biased opinion. When, for example, one considers the cost of American children born to illegal immigrants who use any governmental services such as the FARM program as costs caused by the illegal immigration, suddenly the costs of illegal immigration become much more significant than the studies which do not attribute those costs to illegal immigration otherwise show. Since the studies don't enumerate those costs we don't have an accurate account of the true costs of illegal immigration and until we do, we should not be implementing policies that encourage illegal immigration. Additionally, where do you place fraud in the list of law enforcement responsibilities? As an example, any illegal immigrant who is working is possibly commiting fraud (if they have represented that they can legally work) and they are depressing the wages of low/non skiled jobs that could/should be taken by legal workers. If employers are having trouble finding employees, they need to raise the wages they will pay until they fill their positios or be satisfied with reduced production if it is not cost effective to raise salaries. As another example, where do you see much of the achievement gap in Maryland schools? Nore illegal immigrants having more children only increases the gap and means more resources are required to try to close the gap.

Therefore, there are many ways illegal immigration costs us but those costs are not truly captured. A growing population (mostly through immigration at this point is adversely impacting my prosperity by requiring me to pay more taxes to support children who shouldn't exist here in the first place and since I believe that population growth (doesn't matter if it comes from citizens, legal or illegal immigrants) is causing significant harm to the environment and recdcing our quality of life, I take the view that taxing me to support that population growth is morally wrong as I'm being forced to help exacerbate the problem rather than being taxed to solve the environmental problems we have due to human overpopulation of this country and planet.

shiftless88

wow, you are really reaching here. Actually, the cost (actually benefit) of illegal immigration HAS been calculated but since you don't like the results you ignore them.

gabrielshorn2013

shiftless, do you have a link to that report? md1756 raises several interesting points, and I would like to see if that report addressed them.

MD1756

The reports that I have seen do not address them. The reports ignore American children of illegal immigrants becuase they are U.S. citizens even if one or more of their parents are not. There is no point using studies that do not adequately or appropriately assign the costs/benefits. I want a true accounting for any issue where tax money may be spent. I certainly want a true accounting to base and decisions for my personal investment decisions. After all, isn't that what people are asking for when they want an audit of the 287(g) agreement? I don't care who is making the argument or whaat the issue is, I'm consistent that there be good/valid studies and/or information so that informed decisions can be made. Businesses will sometimes fail when the boards make people afraid to report accurate numbers and then make poor decisions based on bad quality data. I've seen too many times where someone or some organization have conducted studies but have failed to incorporate all of the appropriate factors and therefor will develop questionable conclusions and recommendations. In any event, that is only the financial portion of the equation, but please as gabrielshorn asks for, give us a link to any report that includes even just the costs I've used as example (becuase there are more unaccounted for costs). Again, I haven't found any.

shiftless88

MD1756; there are plenty of well-funded anti-immigrant groups. So why haven't they done this?

shiftless88

Gabe; google is your friend. There is even a wiki page (which may or may not be super accurate): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_impact_of_illegal_immigrants_in_the_United_States But though MD1756 wants the cost of adding the citizen kids, it becomes impossible to assert the costs OR benefits of those kids. They are citizens. If you think it costs society money to have kids then perhaps we should stop giving a tax break for them.

shiftless88

That wiki page also points to a Heritage Foundation study that DOES account for citizen children of illegal immigrants. There are disagreements with their methods but again it reveals MD1756's ignorance of what is currently out there and makes all of his arguments and suppositions suspect.

gabrielshorn2013

Shiftless: "If you think it costs society money to have kids then perhaps we should stop giving a tax break for them."

You'll get no argument from me on that shiftless. I have always advocated a flat tax rate with no deductions or limits. Earn more, pay more, using a postcard for taxes.

I have seen so many studies, both pro and con. The "citizen kids of undocumented (illegal) immigrants" is another wrinkle that I had not heard before. The kids wouldn't be here if the parents weren't here, therefore their costs wouldn't be on taxpayers. It only makes sense, but how to quantify it?

MD1756

By the way, shiftless your source (Heritage foundation) and FAIR's information both suggest that there is a significant overall cost due to illegal immigration not a net benefit. I have not seen a single study showing a positive benefit when it includes more of the costs that should be included (American children of the illegal immigrants just being one of the factors).

MD1756

Finally, it all goes back to the authors "facts" that we can all agree on which aren't facts and we all don't agree on.

MD1756

By the way, if you see a report that includes that nvironmental impacts please let me know. For example, just consider esimmions of CO2 alone. Based on information from the Union of Concerned Scientists (see: https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/each-countrys-share-co2-emissions) China emits the most (29%) and the U.S. come in at #2 (16%). China has roughly 18.6% of the world population wheras the U.S. only has 4.3%. U.S. emissions of CO2 on a per capita basis is estimated to be 15 tonnes (aka metric tons) whereas China's percapita emission is 6.4 tonnes. Mexico has the highest per capita emission of CO2 of any Central or South American contriy at 3.6 tonnes. Therefore as each person leaves Central or South America and increases the US population, their carbon footprint is only going to increase even if it takes a generation or two for them to reach the average U.S. citizen's CO2 generation (which mine by the way is quite low since my home energy use is roughly zero plus or minus depending on the amount of sunshine each year since I have solar and geothermal). The increased CO2 generation plus the increasing U.S. population just means even greater steps must be taken to just keep emissions at the same total level. So again I haven't seen any report that appropriately takes into account the externalized costs due to immigration (both legal and illegal). I never ignore valid results and any questionable ones I take with a grain of salt which probably accounts for my slightly high blood pressure becuase there are so many questionable studies out there conducted by people not interested in a complete accurate picture but will conduct studies that support their position. After all, how many studies have you seen from businesses that show their product(s) is/are bad for your health or the environment?

shiftless88

Actually, that is incorrect. The pollution from Mexico does not magically follow a Mexican if they come to the US. It has to do with MEXICO, not MEXICANS. So net immigration from South and Central America should reduce pollution.

MD1756

Shiftless, you reply doesn't answer the quesetion for a link that does show a report that considers appropriate costs. I've stated I haven't found any studies that did cover the costs I've mentioned and you've asserted that they have, so please provide even just one link where it clearly identifies social programs for American children of illegal immigrants as a cost of illegal immigration (I won't bother asking for one that addresses the environmental costs and/or quality of life costs (due to increased population).

MD1756

Shiftless the point about CO2 emissions as an example is that people in Central or South America use less energy and consume less than those in America. Once here, immigrants will travel furter to their jobs, purchase more concumer products, use more energy in their homes etc, thus eventually their CO2 footprint will eventually rise from their average in their home country to the average here (either direct emission or due to inscreasing demand for power plants, gas for their vehicles, etc.). As far as finding costs for education, I haven't found an unbiased study but FAIR does provide their take on it which can be found at: https://www.fairus.org/issue/publications-resources/elephant-classroom-mass-immigrations-impact-public-education. Now as with most studies, I take their results with a grain of salt but I've yet to see a study that includes these costs and still shows a net positive economic benefit due to illegal immigration. As far as tax policy, I've argued that the governments at all levels should eliminate income tax deductions/credits for having children for a number of reasons (the revenue gained by the governments can go to education). I've also argued that people should reduce their own environmental footprints before having children and adding to our problems.

shiftless88

MD1756; America has less per-capita CO2 emissions than south and central america according to your post. Therefore, by using math, I can conclude that immigration from there to here REDUCES CO2.

shiftless88

I posted a link that contains a paragraph and link to a study by the Heritage Foundation that accounts for exactly what you asked about. So it does exist.

MD1756

Shitless, reread my comment. The U.S. has much more CO2 emissions than any Centrral or South American country both at the gross level and per capita level.
I also still assert that there is yet a reliable study out there on just the economic impact, much less the total costs of illegal immigration into this country. Wiki may be your go to source but it is not mine. Anything on wiki, I take with a pound of salt, rather than a grain of salt. Additionally, you acknowldge that there are disagreements with the methods and I am one who disagrees with at least some of the methods I've seen so far on both sides. I disagree enough to say that we honestly don't know the true costs, but I suspect that the overall cost is greater than the benefit just as the overall cost of increasing the human population is greater than the benefit especially for the long run.

sue1955

Karl, it has already been stated in various news media that it is much more difficult to convict on the basis of gang activity than it is on the crime itself. Sheriff Jenkins has stated that and officials in other Maryland counties have stated the same. Hence, it looks like sweeping the gang situations from being a priority is a problem in liberal Maryland. In other words, justice is only somewhat carried out for the basic crime; e.g., robbery.

Regardless, your comments over time show that you are against Sheriff Jenkins. That's obvious. So, anything that he does or says is something that you refute.

KarlBickel

sue 1955 - You are correct that one is not prosecuted for a crime of “gang activity” but generally the underlying or specific crime like robbery, extortion, assault, etc. I contend with the statutes covering these crimes and others there is much that is in the tool box. It is a matter of using the available tools more effectively. Justice can be carried out when a gang member is prosecuted for one or more of these crimes and sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence that can be 20 years or more.

You are also correct in the belief that I don’t think the sheriff has done a good job.

shiftless88

sue; your comments over time show that you are against Mr. Bickel so anything that he does or says is something you refute.

KellyAlzan

Notice: I will be at McDonalds on Rt 85 signing autographs today at noon.

DickD

Sorry, I missed it, Kelly. I was at Costco's eating a hot dog.[smile]

gabrielshorn2013

Sorry, the crowd for your autograph was just too big to get anywhere near the place, so I went to Costco for a slice of pizza and a raspberry iced tea. I probably sat next to Dick.

DickD

And you didn't say hello, Gabe

public-redux

Which McDonald’s on 85?

KellyAlzan

Sorry you folks missed me. It was great meeting the others that waited in the long line, I love this County!

timothygaydos

Karl it was a great letter and had some good ideas and then you go and quote Rodney King as some 20th century philosopher that is where you went off the rails. Rodney was a criminal... more than a 20th century philosopher... too funny!

KellyAlzan

Karl was just using a quote from King beside it’s someone that people like you can relate to.

timothygaydos

You missed the point - Rodney King was a criminal and the only reason he made that some what famous quote was in a moment of self-reflecting of his bad life. Quote someone like MLK or Ghandi perhaps, but not a convicted felon.

KellyAlzan

No sir, YOU missed my point

KarlBickel

timothygaydos - Thank you for your kind words. The Rodney King reference was intended to be a light-hearted remark to bring attention to our need to do a better job of working together.

sue1955

Karl, tell it to Reginald Denny.

timothygaydos

Thanks Karl Bickel and could not agree more with you about "all of us" working together to solve some common causes that keep dividing us every day! I apologize to you if I offended you in anyway in taking your initial thoughts out of context, again your letter is quite good and has so much merit to getting us to a common place for the betterment of our society.

KarlBickel

timothygaydos - First, no apology necessary and I was not offended at all. Mine is only one opinion and subject to change if/when I get more or better information. Again I thank you for the kind words and contribution to the discussion.

DickD

Karl, how do we set up; "a proactive multi-agency anti-crime task force that would target criminal aliens, gangs, individual gang members, human traffickers and violent felons, that is, those who pose an actual threat to our community"?   It does seem to be the answer.  Would it stop the law suits that Frederick County is currently getting from "rash" actions?  Would Frederick County still be reimbursed for costs of holding anyone for ICE?  What plan do you have for identifying gangs and how can they be broken up?  I know that the schools know they have gangs, because at least one school has separate lunch times for different gangs.

KarlBickel

Dick, you would bring together the Maryland State Police, Frederick City Police and Sheriff’s Office with each contributing one or more officers. You would reach out to federal agencies like the FBI, ATF, DEA and even ICE to see if they would contribute staff or other resources. The problem, if you want to call it a problem, is that there may not be enough crime to attract the participation of the feds. We are a pretty safe community. If a unique proposal could be drafted there may be a possibility of state, federal or foundation funding to support the task force. As for the law suits, that is a separate issue. It goes to leadership, policy, training and supervision. There is a program, the SCAAP grant program through the Bureau of Justice Assistance that would still provide financial assistance for holding those charged with criminal law violations who were in violation of the immigration laws. As for the gang problem in schools, I have been told that it has been exaggerated but am not intimately familiar with the extent of the problem

gabrielshorn2013

Very interesting concept Mr. Bickel, but isn't that like rearranging the deck chairs around the same problem? Don't we already have criminal and gang task forces on the Federal, State, and local level? As I understand it, the Sheriffs office can no longer arrest someone for being in the country as the primary offense. Right now the 287g program is only at the detention center where all detainees, regardless of national origin, are investigated further. If someone is found to be in the country illegally, they are reported to ICE, who then comes for them, paying the costs of such detention.

Also, according to 8 U.S.C. § 1326, unauthorized reentry into the US after deportation is a felony. Should those arrested for such felonies not be prosecuted as per the law? Isn't the 287g program and e-verify supported by the National Sheriff's Association?

KarlBickel

gabrielshorn2013 - You mentioned “…isn't that like rearranging the deck chairs around the same problem?” A specific problem in Frederick County that calls for the 287(g) program has not been clearly articulated. We have only heard vague references to violent crime, drug dealing, violent gang activity, etc. with no real indication that 287(g) can have any positive impact. It boils down to why are we doing it and is it working? As for the nature of a county-wide task force, there would need to be an identified problem or series of problems in our community that would be the focus of the task force. Then results should be measured to determine its effectiveness. Keep in mind that as stated in the piece, this is only one idea and better options may be proposed, particularly when you get rank-and-file field personnel and community members involved in the planning process. The National Sheriff’s Association does support local participation in 287(g), however the International Association of Chiefs of Police, The Police Executive Research Forum, Major Cities/Counties Chiefs Association, the Police Foundation and other law enforcement professional organizations do not.

gabrielshorn2013

Thanks for the reply Mr. Bickel. It was a good LTE.

DickD

Talk to some resource officers, Karl, especially the City police. The gang problem is real.

shiftless88

As I read the letter I tried to imagine a logical and well-considered letter being penned by our current Sheriff. My imagination failed me.

DickD

Maybe because Jenkins never went pass high school and does not have two master degrees like Karl.

BunnyLou

Like you Dick? Is it pass or past? It is people like you and your fellow BORG inhabitants that are the problem.

richardlyons

[lol] Always the comic Bunny!

DickD

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borg"The Borg have become a symbol in popular culture for any juggernaut against which "resistance is futile".

P.S. I have more than a high school diploma.

mr_twist27

Please don't run again for Sheriff. How many times have you lost? 2? 3? It's time to let it go.

KellyAlzan

Try to stay on point and sharpen your comprehension skills

gabrielshorn2013

LOL, uh-huh.

KellyAlzan

Nov 14, 2019 6:11am

Truck stuck under the rr bridge in Monrovia right now. And kai is more concerned with balloons

Right on point

KellyAlzan

Oh, wrong news story, my bad

Rick Blatchford

Mr. Bickel, in a carefully nuanced epistle, presumes what we can all agree upon. The bottom line is, that his presumptions are incorrect. He has, previously, clearly demonstrated his bias against 287(g) so his motives are impossible to disguise. I would remind him of that caution, "If you begin with an erroneous assumption, you are bound to arrive at an erroneous conclusion." It appears that he attempts to distract the reader.

shiftless88

So, Rick; which of those statements do you disagree with?

shiftless88

Apparently Rick is a bit of a snowflake who melts under questioning.

KellyAlzan

It’s ok RB, just try to stay on point and sharpen your comprehension skills

DickD

Great advice, Rick, were you looking in the mirror as you made that comment?

MD1756

[thumbup]

richardlyons

[yawn]

richardlyons

Must be somewhere in these 4 bullets, but I can't find it.

We want a safe and secure community for all, where all can prosper, while enjoying a happy productive life for themselves, their families and their neighbors.

We want Frederick to be an economically vibrant community that attracts business and tourists and provides opportunity for all.

We want to remove from the streets of Frederick County anyone that is a threat to the safety of those who live, work or visit our community.

The immigration issue is something that cannot be solved in Frederick County. It must be addressed and solved by Congress.

KellyAlzan

Truck stuck under the rr bridge in Monrovia right now. And kai is more concerned with balloons

niceund

As usual, the writer does everything he can to belittle Frederick County.

KellyAlzan

As usual too didn’t read the letter.

KellyAlzan

*you (not too)

phydeaux994

How does Mr. Bickel belittle Frederick County?

bnick467

He uses big words, which niceund can't understand.

awteam2000

Niceund, can you point out, what you see, as belittling of Frederick in this letter?

KellyAlzan

As usually the Chuckflake does everything he can to belittle the writer.

DickD

SMH? How? At least you are not attacking Kelly this time.

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