County Ex Elrich's Decision Makes MoCo Less Safe
For Immediate Release
Date: August 14, 2019
Media Contact: Rebecca Altendorf
County Executive Elrich's Political Stunt Indeed Makes
Montgomery County Less Safe
On July 23rd, the Montgomery County Republican Party (MCGOP) issued a statement that County Executive Elrich’s executive order barring cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made Montgomery County residents less safe.
Only two days later, county law enforcement officials arrested two undocumented immigrants for five counts of 2nd degree rape on an 11-year-old child, according to a report by ABC7 WJLA (click here for the Twitter report).
On July 25th and 26th, ICE lodged detainers for the defendants, Carlos Palacios-Amaya and Mauricio Barrera-Navidad, with the county detention center.
County Party Chairman, Alexander Bush, said, “Mr. Elrich believes that law enforcement can charge these repeat immigration violators with rape, that they can be convicted and serve time in prison, but that their deportation afterwards would somehow be an injustice. On Mr. Elrich's orders, county officials will intentionally impede attempts by ICE to deport these men, and once they are released, they will be free to again threaten the safety of the most vulnerable Montgomery County residents.”