Are Frederick County (FredCo) residents paying attention to what’s
going on in Montgomery (MontCo)? On the path to liberalism, some are following them closely. It would appear that many liberals are moving up Interstate 270 into FredCo. It might be recommended to look into the crime stats of MontCo over the past few years — a potential peek into the future. Some say that MontCo (increasingly called “loco MoCo”) makes California look middle-of-the-road, and that look is creeping north.
For those unaware, the MontCo executive has issued an order that no county employees are to contact or cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Because Montgomery has a county police force, that includes and handcuffs police. This is pertinent here because there are those in FredCo who wish to do the same thing to Sheriff Jenkins.
What follows is partly based upon public information that I received from a county employee who is clearly knowledgeable. I had a fairly extensive email exchange with this employee from which background information was obtained.
It seems that the sheriff’s 287(g) program was a subject for public comment at the July County Council meeting with about 100 citizens attending. Many wanted the council to end the program and erroneously felt that the council could do that. When it was explained to them that the council had no role of oversight with the sheriff, some voiced disbelief. It seems that those demanding council supervision of the sheriff chose not to believe the facts as presented by council members. According to my contact, some accused the sheriff of pocketing money and the county of spending millions on the program. Others accused the county of making millions. The accusations were based upon suspicions and allegations — facts not required when making waves. I inferred from my communications that the county has no reason to suspect the sheriff of wrongdoing. Further, it was emphasized that the sheriff, an independently elected official, is not accountable to the council regarding his contract with ICE — despite those who would wish otherwise.
Additionally, audits of county money allotted to the sheriff’s office are usual and routine. None of those audits has revealed irregularities.
Let’s consider those who wish to end Sheriff Jenkins’ 287(g) program with ICE. The question occurred to me that of those 100 objectors, how many were FredCo residents? Who’s to say that some were not recruited from “loco MoCo” (my former residence for over 40 years) in an effort to make FredCo look more like them? Was Casa de Maryland involved? Organizers have a long-established history of busing bodies in to sway politicians.
To emphasize that point, let’s look to a source that I never thought would be convenient to use — a group led by former President Barack H. Obama. A statement released by the group, Redistricting U, said that elected officials “feel more accountable to the most radical parts of their base rather than to the rational, reasonable solutions that most Americans support” (Los Angeles Times, Aug. 27). Wow! This is what happened at the July meeting. It’s happening to you. That’s how it’s done — angry, irrational people disbelieving truths spoken by the council members. And yet, some council members felt compelled to mollify them instead of backing the sheriff.
In conclusion, laws need to be enforced. The MontCo exec Marc Elrich is a scofflaw. Who or what authorized him to ignore federal laws? Who authorized him to order his police department to ignore federal law? I’m certain such was not mentioned in his oath of office. If FredCo wants to be more like “loco MoCo,” it would appear that there are those willing to guide you there.
As I told my confidant, I’m for law enforcement. I’m for legal immigration. I’m for control of sovereign borders. I’m for law and order. Because these goals are consistent with those of Sheriff Jenkins, he has my full support.
While I abhor unfounded accusations by the left, a bit more transparency by the sheriff’s office would not be out of order.
Rick Blatchford writes from Mount Airy. Contact him at email@example.com.