Immigration News Update

Immigration News Update

Immigration News, 9/14/19

Dear Friends at UUCC,


The UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland Immigration Task Force needs your help.

We Need You to Contact Your Legislators Now to Vote YES on Immigration Bills & to Attend the Hearings on Tuesday, February 25th, Wednesday, February 26th, and Thursday, February 27th

Opposition groups are organizing to pack the committee room to influence the delegates to vote against these measures. We need to have more people in the committee room to demonstrate our support for these bills. If you are able, please plan to attend the hearings:


SB0903  Safe Locations


On Tuesday, February 26, SB0903 will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee.   This bill prohibits local law enforcement from asking about immigration status among other things and  requires the MD Attorney General to establish guidelines for schools, hospitals and courthouses to limit civil immigration activities on their premises. February 26, 2020, 1:00 PM, House Judiciary Committee.

HB0677/SB0850: Dignity Not Detention.

This bill prohibits certain governmental entities in MD from entering into agreements facilitating immigration-related detention by private entities; prohibiting governmental entities from entering into certain agreements to house immigration-related detainees; requiring governmental entities to terminate existing contracts for the detention of immigration-related detainees not later than October 1, 2021. The hearing is scheduled in the House Judiciary Committee, February 25, 1:00 PM.  In the Senate, the companion bill, SB0850 will be heard by the Judicial Proceedings Committee, February 26, 12:00 PM.

SB0649/HB0892: Public Information Act – Motor Vehicle Administration – Warrant for Personal Information and Reporting.

The bill requires U.S. ICE to provide a valid judicial warrant or subpoena to the MVA to obtain personal information in MVA records. Hearing is scheduled in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, February 27, 12:00 PM.   In the House, the companion bill, HB0892 will be heard by the Environment and Transportation Committee, February 27, 1:00 PM.

SB0901: Trust Act: State and Local Government – Participation in Federal Immigration Enforcement

This bill, the Trust Act indemnifies state and local officials who refuse to provide information to the Federal Government regarding Federal immigration enforcement efforts and establishes the parameters of state and local participation in Federal immigration enforcement efforts such as detention beyond release date, transferring individuals to Federal authorities, and so on, without a judicial warrant. The hearing is scheduled in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, February 26, 12:00 PM.


Please email your delegates to support these bills!  To find their contact information type in your address at

Yours in Faith and Action, Jim Caldiero & Tammy Spengler, co-chairs, UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland, Immigration Task Force


  1. yonta Lyness

    I have been sending email to Congress. My petition is for more investment in development and business creation in Central America,. Gang and extremely violence is destroying life opportunities for people. This is for me a compassionate approach to immigration . Together with help to people in USA for those people running to safe the life.

  2. Christine Crandell


    Will UUCC be arranging carpools to travel to the National Mall on June 9? I feel like we need to be there, not only to protest the separation of children from their parents at the border, but to also support Alex Cohn’s pajama project.

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