The Obama administration is preparing to dump illegal immigrant juveniles in one of the nation’s most prominent sanctuary counties in Maryland just weeks after Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D) reportedly begged the White House not to ship illegal immigrants to his state.
According to NBC Washington, “Montgomery County has been asked to house unaccompanied minors from Central America in a state facility until foster families can be found for them.” Maryland is reportedly “looking to house up to 1,800 unaccompanied minors now in federal custody after crossing the border,” and 25 of the illegal immigrant juveniles will be sent to Montgomery Country.
Montgomery County is reportedly home to “half of all the immigrants” in the state, according to a state official, and “more than 100 unaccompanied minors were enrolled in the county’s public school system last year.” They qualified for “English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)” classes, and enrollment in those classes has been surging.
As Judicial Watch noted, “Montgomery County has long offered illegal aliens a variety of perks and protections” and came under “intense fire a few years ago over a series of high-profile murders committed by illegal immigrants who had been arrested by local police and released.” They were not deported due to “the county’s sanctuary policies, they were not reported to federal authorities for deportation despite their criminal histories.” In addition, Montgomery County has “spent $100,000 in taxpayer funds to help illegal immigrants fill out paperwork to receive temporary amnesty under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action plan that he unilaterally instituted.”
The county, which was considered the second-best place in the country for illegal immigrants to go, recently had a confirmed case of tuberculosis in one of its high schools.
O’Malley, the state’s governor, has been all over the map on the issue. He said that all of the illegal immigrant juveniles, 90% of whom are teenagers, should remain in the United States instead of being sent back to “certain death” in Central America. He then begged federal officials not to dump illegal immigrants in the western part of his state, before saying he wanted to house illegal immigrants in foster homes and congregate housing in his state.