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With larger-than-average crowds expected to converge downtown for two opposing rallies on immigration issues Sunday, Frederick police said they will be ready with more officers in highly visible posts.

“We’ve got additional officers coming in to help with regular patrol duties as well as officers to patrol specifically in those areas. They are going to be in mostly overt positions, meaning that they’ll be highly visible,” said Michele Bowman, a spokeswoman for the Frederick Police Department.

The rallies will focus on immigration issues and specifically the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office’s partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement through the 287(g) program. The 287(g) program, which was implemented in Frederick County in 2008, provides training for sheriff’s deputies by ICE that allows deputies to ask the immigration status of anyone booked into the detention center and, if appropriate, begin deportation proceedings.

While supporters of the measure say it increases public safety and discourages street gangs such as MS-13, others decry the program as anti-immigrant and claim it discourages members of immigrant communities from reporting crimes to law enforcement.

Supporters of 287(g) will gather at the Baker Park Band Shell from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and opponents will meet at the amphitheater on Carroll Creek from 2 to 4 p.m., according to separate flyers announcing the rallies.

While the rallies will revolve around a contentious issue — 287(g) steering committee meetings held in previous years have drawn vocal protesters and counter-protesters to Winchester Hall — the police department was less concerned about the topic of discussion than the size of the crowds expected, said Capt. Dwight Sommers.

“It’s not because of the rally. We would do this for any event,” Sommers said, saying the department was handling the rallies in much the same way it would handle a street festival or other event designed to draw a crowd to the city. “We provide additional staffing based on events happening within the city as a normal, routine course of our operations.”

As of Friday, the department was estimating spending as much as $25,000 to pay for added officers and police staff to handle the influx of people downtown, Sommers said, before quickly adding that the expense will likely be far less, as the initial estimate was based on an eight-hour detail, which not every employee will work.

Despite the fact that police have gotten no indication that the rallies will be anything but peaceful, the department and city officials worked with organizers from both sides to determine separate locations for each group to gather in order to discourage possible confrontations and help the events proceed smoothly, Bowman said.

“Obviously, safety is our biggest concern,” Bowman said. “We just want to make sure everyone is able to exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech in as peaceful a manner as possible.”

No marches or other activities were planned for either event that would cause street closings, but Frederick police did plan to close West Second Street between West College Avenue and North Bentz Street from about 10 a.m. until the end of the rally in the band shell. Sommers described the closing as a routine precaution that the department takes for any large event planned for Baker Park.

A joint statement released Friday by Mayor Michael O’Connor and County Executive Jan Gardner also emphasized their desire for the rally participants to remain orderly and peaceful despite the contentious nature of the 287(g) program.

“As people gather for rallies on Sunday [Oct. 6], we ask all our residents and visitors to be respectful, peaceful and civil toward each other,” the statement reads in part. “Let’s be a model for productive public discourse based on facts and truth, kindness and goodwill.”

Speakers were planned at both events Sunday. Key speakers at the rally at the Baker Park Band Shell will include Tom Homan, former acting director of ICE, as well as Cheng Tu, chair of the Maryland Chinese American Network Political Action Committee, and Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

“One of our biggest focuses is public safety,” said Mark Schaff, the former president of the Republican Club of Frederick County who was helping to organize the rally in support of the 287(g) program. “We continue to see these guys, criminal illegal aliens, guys who have been convicted and have a warrant out for them or a detainer, and they are raging havoc within the community, even within the immigrant community.”

The opposing rally being held at the Carroll Creek amphitheater, dubbed the “Unity Rally” by its organizers with the Resources for Immigrant Support and Empowerment (RISE) Coalition of Western Maryland, will also feature its own speakers, including Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Dana Vickers Shelley, executive director of the Americans for Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, Mayor O’Connor and city Alderman Ben MacShane.

“All of our speakers are going to be talking about how we’re an inclusive community,” said Mary Ann Ford, a member of RISE’s rally organizing committee. “We’re really here to celebrate our immigrant community as well as to make a strong statement that Frederick County is an inclusive community. Frederick is not a place that supports hateful anti-immigration messages and fear-mongering. ... We believe this community must stand against that.”

Follow Jeremy Arias on Twitter: @Jarias_Prime.

Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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It's time for illegals to go home and fight for your rights, your presence only helps the rich, not the poor and middle class, you have stagnated our wages , overcrowded our children's classrooms and raised our rents so high that citizens can barely afford the rent and that is one of the reasons major stores are going out of business, citizens can not afford to shop. We don't hate you but you are a net zero to us you only help the millionaires and billionaires


Illegal is illegal and you reap what you sow, you can stay here for twenty years and one day you still will be deported and your DACA children will never have DACA be permanent until Americans get something in return. Also some of you are very arrogant to be in someone else's Country illegally and the Bible says arrogance comes before destruction. One more point I would like to make is that illegals ran from a failing Country and brought down American wages and raised our rents and destroyed our pursuit of happiness, you are destroying our Country like you destroyed your own.


Wisdom, the Sheriff already had his MOU and could call ICE and have illegals deported. So, why the hate rally?

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Why is the Sheriff causing this problem? Wasn't the Sheriff happy with deporting illegals? Who's going to pay for the costs of this ill advised rally? Taxes of Frederick City? Why didn't the Sheriff hold this meeting in Keedysville, where he lives?


I thought it was interesting hearing about the 39 % increase in crime in Montgomery county. I thought it was interesting hearing about the 2 deaths on 270, caused by a repeat illegal offender, I was totally surprised of his $250 dollar fine and 3 points for killing two men.

I was hoping to hear how the sanctuary Montgomery county is dealing with the massive amount of rapes by illegals on young women. Sheriff Jenkins was also a speaker.


Everyone complaining that illegals are criminals need to start digging up their old grandma and Pa because they are taking up land that belongs to legal citizens.. it’s elementary that people still complaining about this Nonsense. Just please post a picture or two of some legal American individuals doing back breaking work?? I’ll wait because the last I checked it wasn’t a line of Melissa or Toby, or Mikes trying to pick grapes or apples.. The klan don’t wear sheets anymore they put on Sheriff uniforms and a few City police uniforms sprinkled with a touch of EMT shirts now here in FredNeck


While these usual debates on immigration are being argued here, I want to thank the City of Frederick Police Dept. For their thoughtful planning in advance of the protests and for staying apolitical.




Jeremy you always seem to forget that word, "ILLEGAL" when you write about immigration and Sunday's "events" are NOT a rally or debate about Immigration, it IS a rally and debate about the rule of law and by you masking the truth, and your editor trying to hide this article you do a disservice to your readers ...we have more than 22 Million people here ILLEGALY and that number grows every day with the assistance of those like ACLU Raskin and Mary Ford who all support Open Borders which eventually will destroy what many hundreds of thousands of our service men and women along with police and sheriffs offices nationwide have given their lives to preserve....and you probably are aware but afraid to mention that more than 2,000 Americans die every year at the hands of illegals...so why not try to tell your readers ALL the facts on this most important issue ......


Then why do Frederick citizens ILLEGALLY hire them? You seem to believe the Rule of Law only applies to the people you HATE jerseyboy 144. For your side, there seems to be NO LAWS, no boundaries of behavior or decency. Every word spoken by Trump and his henchmen are lies. But you know that jerseyboy144 and you don’t care as long as he strives to MAWA. Rotten to the core, destroying 243 years of making America as it was envisioned by our Founding Fathers.

.......”We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness”.


Lady, they come here for jobs. Jobs that pay money, good money. Jobs citizens won't take. American citizen business owners hire them illegally by the millions. That's why they come here. And they're great to have because they spend their money, generating economic activity instead of sitting on their porch popping opiates.


Personally, I don’t have a problem with the 287(g) Program in Frederick County. All that it does is allow ICE Trained Corrections Officers, not Deputies, to question EVERY person, White, Black, Brown, Asian, Muslim, Methodist, to determine if they are in the Country Illegally, under the direct supervision of an ICE Agent who must be present while such interrogations are being conducted. If they are a detainer is put on them and they are held in the Detention Center until ICE takes them to determine their fate as an illegal alien. Even if they are put in the Deportation Line they are released back into the Community to wait the two years until their Deportation Hearing before a Federal Judge. All this after the crime they were originally arrested for is resolved. The 287(g) Program does not arrest people for a crime, nor does it decide if the illegal alien is deported or released back into the County they were originally arrested in. That is my understanding and I have been trying for 11 years to get the statistics from the FCSO that proves they never come back to Frederick County.


A sheriff's rally held by a Republican leader seems political to me. Can we at least stop


Excellent opportunity for Sheriff Jenkins and his deputies to use their 287G authorities to detain and remove all the illegal aliens attending the protest. Like shooting fish in a barrel! Join HelpSaveMaryland.org


The Deputies have no 287(g) authority. The 287(g) Program is not used in the Law Enforcement Bureau Division of the FCSO!!! But that is what the Sheriff wants you to think and he has done a GREAT job of DECEIVING everybody. It is a Corrections Bureau Division Program!!??


as far as i am concerned any person here in this country illegally have no grounds to stand on in opposing their being here in this country.they are taking away jobs and financial support for the American citizens and legal immigrants


Leonard: you correct that an immigrant (or for that matter a native born) who lives off welfare without having contributed social security payment is a burden on America. But if the immigrant works then they contribute to America just as a new native born worker does and the spending of their wages creates jobs. While it could be said they 'take jobs' they also create jobs, just like new native-born Americans leaving school and going out to work for the first time. Our legal system for administering immigration has unfortunately broken down and efforts to fix it fail because of the terrible political divide in our country, and extremist stances on both sides. Strict and sweeping enforcement of a broken law makes no more sense than the irresponsible open borders approach of the other extreme. We need sensible compromise to fix the law.


Leonard - so you mean there are more than enough citizens and legal immigrants who will do the jobs the undocumented immigrants are currently doing? There are a whole lot of farmers, dairymen, and small business owners who will tell you they’ve tried to hire citizens and legal immigrants and they won’t do those jobs.


LOL “taking jobs away” LOL LOL

Well, we now know Leonard is of at least retirement age and hasn’t ever had to hire anybody LOL


Think about it, in order to legally work a person here illegally must have a SSN. Since they cannot get one legally, they stole it from some unsuspecting legal US citizen. So, what fine words do you have those who gave had their lives turned upside done by un-invited guests?


Actually if someone uses your SSN for work that means it appears you have contributed more to SS and will get higher benefits. So why is that bad for you? Just wondering (and it isn't "stolen"; you can just make one up. The pattern is well known)


I'll bet HR at the Trump Organization could speak to the documentation issue. They deal with it a lot.


Bunny, nice try. Trigger happy? Your response is out of context from the meaning of my post. So, save that thought for if and when the appropriate time comes up.


You don't need an SSN to work here. The businesses that hire them don't check. They don't want to check. Just give them 9 digits and they're happy.


Move to Mississippi. They raided chicken plants still need workers, if they haven't hired a new batch of illegals already.


National Sheriffs Association

Code of Ethics of the Office of Sheriff

As a constitutionally/statutorily elected sheriff, I recognize and accept that I am given a special trust and confidence by the citizens and employees whom I have been elected to serve, represent, and manage. This trust and confidence is my bond to ensure that I shall behave and act according to the highest personal and professional standards. In furtherance of this pledge, I will abide by the following Code of Ethics.

I shall ensure that I and my employees, in the performance of our duties, will enforce and administer the law according to the standards of the U.S. Constitution and applicable state constitutions and statutes so that equal protection of the law is guaranteed to everyone. To that end I shall not permit personal opinion, party affiliations, or consideration of the status of others to alter or lessen this standard of treatment of others.

I shall routinely conduct or have conducted an internal and external audit of the public funds entrusted to my care and publish this information so that citizens can be informed about my stewardship of these funds.

I pulled these parts of the Oath that I felt were appropriate to emphasize for a response to this article. The entire Oath is available at the National Sheriffs Association website. I don’t believe that the planned Rally Sunday by the Sheriff is in the spirit of the Oath of Office that our Sheriff swore to in that it will demonize an entire race of people.


"demonize an entire race of people"? Why do insist on being such a drama queen? The rally is to show support for a federal program that our sheriff participates in. You seem to be ignorant of the fact that not all people are like you and your approval of criminals, which illegal aliens are, living amongst us. Have you ever thought of moving back to P.G. County? I'm sure they would welcome you with open arms there.


Democrats will not be happy until they destroy yet another county in Maryland.




It's a civil offense.


Call it whatever you want, being here illegally is a crime and people who commit crimes are criminals. Unfortunately, the law is mostly enforced as a civil violation.


Tell that to the minors in Montgomery County who were assaulted in one month alone.


No GlenShielCDReidKR999, I think I will just continue to support the changing attitudes of this beautiful Frederick County. The Sheriff is violating his SWORN Oath of Office. His obsessive agenda to ban a whole race of people from living and working in Frederick County is just WRONG. BTW GlenShielCDReidKR999, I will remind you again that many friends of the Sheriff in Frederick County illegally employ illegal aliens. You can see some of them daily at the Golden Mile Home Depot parking lot.


Driving five miles above the speed limit is also a crime. Maybe we should deport you.


Sorry seven, I always drive 5 miles below the speed limit in the fast lane.


Why do insist on calling me GlenShielCDReidKR999, fido? I think everyone knows what some of my previous screen names were. Are you just proud of yourself for being the last one to figure that out? If that's the case, GOOD JOB!! I'm sure your parents are very proud that they raised such a clever offspring!!


Banning a whole race of people? Your hyperbole is pathetic.


I still don’t understand your rationale gab, Hate Groups come in many colors. Are you saying that White hate groups don’t hate any White people. Actually, people that hate people of their own race aren’t Racists by definition, that is technically bigotry. In their early days the KKK was violently anti-Catholic. That’s not racism, it’s bigotry.


One day you’ll have an encounter with a person here illegally. You’ll find you have no recourse or closure. My car was hit buy a person here illegally. No license, no insurance, no nothing it was impossible to get anything or do anything to make us whole.


It wasn't just Catholics, they hated the Jewish people too.


Bunny, while you can't collect insurance from an uninsured or under insured driver you can protect yourself from them by making sure it is included on your insurance. ..I was rear ended by a person - legal resident. ..They had the legal minimum insurance. .My total cost was over $22,000, including $1,500 bodily injury. Costs to the other person's insurance was $15,000 for car damage and $1,500 for bodily injury. The remainder was paid by my insurance company, including $3,375 vehicle loss of value.


I have been around legal/illegal? aliens off and on since 1985 and fortunately had no problems with them, which I cannot say about American citizens unfortunately. Statistics say that illegal aliens commit less crime than citizens. You are blinded by irrational fears. I would bet that no RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) here have had their lives disrupted by a known illegal alien. Conversely, many illegal employers in this County would be hurt tremendously if these workers were not here. Peace BunnyLou.

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