Two events scheduled to take place in Frederick this Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock present a stark contrast to each other and a clear choice for all who care about the future of our community — that is, for all of us.

At the Baker Park Band Shell — usually the site of celebratory, charitable, civic, and sometimes prayerful observances — numerous people from both inside and outside the community will gather in support of the county’s involvement with ICE and the president of the program known as 287(g). Guest speakers will include the head of a self-described “immigration reform” group widely characterized as an extremist anti-immigrant organization, and the former acting head of ICE who devised and spearheaded the current administration’s family separation policy. Like everyone else on the speaker list, they’ll praise 287(g)’s unsubstantiated — and in many respects disproven — benefits to community security and safety, and urge everyone at the rally to keep supporting the program in the face of steadily growing community resistance.

Meanwhile, a few blocks away, at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater, many others will gather for a peaceful and festive celebration of community solidarity, unity and diversity, in support of the county’s immigrants and refugees — our neighbors, fellow parents and grandparents, co-workers and friends. Or rather, in support of all of us, because all of us benefit greatly from their membership in and contributions (both social and economic) to the community. And because, now more than ever, we need to remember and honor our own families’ challenging immigrant and refugee pasts.

Both as individuals and community members, where we choose to be this Sunday, and what we choose to represent by being there, may be one of the most important decisions we’ll ever make.

Jo Harte

Frederick

(70) comments

olefool

This morning I am reminded of a speech written, but never delivered, by President John F. Kennedy. He was assassinated earlier that day as his motorcade drove through Dealey Plaza in Dallas. These words are reverberating across the decades to our time and place.



"For this is a time for courage and a time for challenge. Neither conformity nor complacency will do. Neither the fanatics nor the faint-hearted are needed. And our duty as a party is not to our party alone, but to the Nation, and, indeed, to all mankind. Our duty is not merely the preservation of political power but the preservation of peace and freedom.



So let us not be petty when our cause is so great. Let us not quarrel amongst ourselves when our Nation’s future is at stake. Let us stand together with renewed confidence in our cause–united in our heritage of the past and our hopes for the future — and determined that this land we love shall lead all mankind into new frontiers of peace and abundance." - President John F Kennedy, undelivered speech to Democratic Party of Texas, 11/22/63

gary4books

Rain today may wash sins away.

KR999

I believe it'll take more than the little rain we had today to wash away the sins of they who attended the "diversity" rally at Carroll Creek.

threecents

I predict a low turnout - only because most of the deplorables will be drinking and watching football.

threecents

The true believers will go to church in the morning and rally against poor immigrants in the afternoon. Got it.

KR999

Hey zero sense, the rally isn't against "poor immigrants," it's in support of our sheriff's participation in the 287(g) program. I suggest you get your head out of your arse and look up what that program is all about. (Although anyone with any kind of sense already knows.)

gary4books

Makes money for the County?

Right?

olefool

Where'd you get this new moniker from rikki..... Just needs a cycle to go with the hammer and you're there.... C'mon, tell us how you dreamed this one up???

DickD

Why does our Sheriff need support, KR? Is he doing something that he knows is wrong? If not, what was the need? He has a MOU, RIGHT? Has he failed to be responsible in the true cost of his 287 (g) and now needs to hide behind a rally that has no purpose other than to spread hate. God bless you and please be kind to all, as our Savior was.

KR999

Dick, he needs the support from people like me because of people like you.

KR999

Guessing your comment was directed to me and not rikki, old fool, you're suggesting a "cycle" to go with my hammers? Would that be a bicycle or a motorcycle? And just how would adding one of them to my AVATAR get me where?

phydeaux994

I don’t believe YOU know KR999. Give us your version. Two questions, is anyone arrested in FC under the auspices of the 287(g) Program? Does the 287(g) Program allow the Sheriff to deport an illegal alien? Have at it, I am quite interested in your knowledge of the Program that anyone with any sense already knows. Thanks

KR999

Hey zero sense, I was there for the entire 2+ hours and so were the approximately 300 others. What exactly do you consider a "low" turnout?

Samanthapowers

it was less than 200.

phydeaux994

FC POP. = 260,000 1.3 tenths of 1 percent would be 338, or .0013 of the population. Your call rikkitikkitavvi, good or bad?

gary4books

Television news said about 200 in each rally. I saw mostly older people in the Sheriff's cohort.

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KR999

And you're the same old jerk you've always been.

randywillard8806

Harte is correct, it is a clear choice. Be at Baker Park to support the rule of law, public safety, and personal responsibility, or be at Carroll Creek to support law only when convenient and no responsibility. Pick your side.

awteam2000

Isn’t Frederick’s 287(g) incarceration program for ICE deportation in place? So what’s the rule of law issue? Maybe, who is paying for it? I’m sure, Jenkins didn’t misrepresented the program’s cost to the local tax payers.🤔

What could be more a family oriented fun way to spend a beautiful fall day then to attend a hate-rally on a Sunday afternoon? Take the kids.

awteam2000

“Law and Order”? Can you explain to everyone the 287(g) model Jenkins is enrolled and what it involves? Doesn’t his enrollment require other to address “law and order” and his job is to be the jail keeper? If I’m wrong share how?If you don’t give feedback... 🤷‍♂️

gary4books

I do not see it that way.

KMRD1

Sounds like a Dem wrote this.

DickD

I will go to church Sunday to pray for that hate group. If there is a God above, he will show them that hate is not the message - it is love, love your neighbor. Who is your neighbor - all man kind.

KR999

Maybe God will show you that your well known hate for both our sheriff and president is not the message too, huh Dick? Your hypocrisy is repulsive.

rikkitikkitavvi

KR, You forgot their double standards.

KR999

Yeah rik, once again you're right. I forgot that liberal = hypocrite.

phydeaux994

12+ years of Hate for Barack Hussein Obama, Lord knows how many years of Hate for Hillary....and Bill, a lifetime of Hate for Libturds and Democraps, on and on ad nauseum. And you are berating people for HYPOCRISY....?

public-redux

Which is the rally that is pro-law and pro-audit?

Dwasserba

Go to church on Sunday.

public-redux

What? Are you trying to start a religious war now?

DickD

Christ's message was one of love your neighbor. Sad that the once proud Republicans have sunk so low to not know the difference.

Samanthapowers

i'll be there taking pictures of all the adorables.

rikkitikkitavvi

Will you be riding your broom Sammy?

Samanthapowers

will you be sitting on yours lengthwise, sicko?

rikkitikkitavvi

That's your best comeback? HAhahahahaha. I'm sure you won't be there. Your distant cousin melted when she had that bucket of water thrown on her. I'm sure rain will have the same effect on you and your self-identifying as female comrades.


KR999

[lol][lol][lol][lol][lol][lol] rik. [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

DickD

The problem is that the U.S. is not enforcing immigration laws properly. They should be processed at the border. To do that we need more federal judges at the border. Those seeking asylum should be allowed unless proven otherwise. If you don't like our current laws, change them, don't arbitrarily take the law into your hands. We need Congress to act and pass sensible law especially for DACCA immigrants.



What we don't need is Frederick County subsidizing the federal government with a MOU to give extra authority to our Sheriff.

petersamuel

DickD: you're right. Current immigration laws are such a mess and have been unenforced so long they cannot be enforced without massive injustice and damage to America. More than ten million among us, neighbors, tradesmen, doctors, builders, electricians are 'illegals' because of the inability of any government to enforce a broken immigration law. We'll get a lot of posturing from politicians who want to exploit the situation, and perhaps sincere but futile effort at enforcement with token numbers of deportations... and still the numbers of 'illegals' will grow. Only political compromise including both amnesty and border security will allow a workable law to be passed. I wouldn't support either rally.

gary4books

Fix the Immigration Laws and leave the workers alone.

Dwasserba

[thumbup] gary They're not needed in an obvious way here. It's much more obvious on farms, in chicken processing plants, etc. Towns that were dying have been rejuvenated to the benefit of all. Some people can't leave a dying town even if they want to.

DickD

And I will not be at either rally either, Peter. It galls me that we have a Sheriff that would attend and participate with a hate group and possibly cause a conflict. A conflict so bad that the City had to increase their police force on Sunday. Why are our elected officials allowed to do this?

gary4books

Mr. Samuel - [thumbup][thumbup]

KR999

Hey Jo Harte, FYI my approval of the 287(g) program and being at the rally Sunday to show my support of it will not be "one of the most important decisions I'll ever make."


KR999

You'll be wearing your "I'm a total as$hole" sign?

niceund

As usual, a slanted, biased and false attack from the far left. Amazing how it's ok to break the law when it's convenient.


KR999

Spot on, niceund. [thumbup]


Samanthapowers

anything that does not fit your narrow worldview is bias and slanted? lol.

rikkitikkitavvi

sammy, here is your daily reminder that the dims are everything they accuse the Right of being.

olefool

You got it backwards again rikki, are you ever going to get a brain bigger than a pea???


rikkitikkitavvi

At least I have a brain you repugnant leftist blankity blank @foolishone. Your handle is appropriate.


gary4books

Rather I see it as vice versa. Mr. Trump even said "impeach the Senator." We impeach Presidents, not senators. They are expelled. But he takes all his chages and reflecte them on Democrats and other Republicans that point out his fauts.

olefool

Pea brain rikki, pea brain, at last you admit to that... Now go on out and try to buy yourself some credibility from Trump University.

KR999

Hey old fool, rik didn't admit that he had a pea brain, he just admitted that at least he had a brain, which is more than your sorry as$ can do.

Dwasserba

It's really really inconvenient to come here illegally. To say the least.

gary4books

In the past, heartland companies sent buses to Laredo, Texas to pick up their recruited workers and bring them to work. It was easy, even when illegal.

phydeaux994

Like the ILLEGAL AMERICAN EMPLOYERS who hire the illegal aliens....? Amazing you don’t mention those broken law’s niceund. Peace.

rikkitikkitavvi

The employers that do the hiring of illegals should be put in jail. There I mentioned it phydo.

KR999

I've been telling fido that I agree with that for years now, rik. But don't worry, he'll/she'll keep playing that same old broken record.

phydeaux994

once because I shamed you into it to 23,743,988 times shrieking about the Brown people. What a guy!

rikkitikkitavvi

It's a leftist tactic. They do it very well nice.

gary4books

I know nobody who wants to break laws. But many want us to bring our laws up to our dates. We need workers and wtyey need fair working conditions and wages. We can do better than the laws that punish workers who want fair treatment or get deported "to follow the law." When have we put someone in jai for hiring them?

KR999

Well Gary, I think a lot of people here agree with you but the fact of the matter is the jerks down in D.C. haven't done a damned thing to revise the current laws, so those laws still need to be enforced. Like it or not.

gary4books

The last time I remember, Kennedy and McCain both sponsored a bill and it nearly passed. The votes are there now if the new bill suits enough people and if McConnell will allow a vote. The Senate leadership is the current problem.

KR999

That doesn't change my point one iota, Gary. The current laws haven't been updated/revised, so the existing laws still need to be upheld and enforced.

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