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The High Cost of Political Theatre

Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date:  August 28, 2019
Media Contact:  Rebecca Altendorf
Email:  
press@mcgop.com

The High Cost of Political Theatre

Statement by Montgomery County Republican Party
Chairman, Alexander A. Bush

Rockville, MD -- This July, County Executive Mark Elrich proudly announced the most restrictive policy on non-cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the D.C. metro area. At the time, I said that this was a “political stunt all about opposing a President he hates, even at the risk of the safety of Montgomery County residents." Sadly, Mr. Elrich has taken every opportunity since to prove me right.

As you might have expected of a policy created to justify political theatre, it was ill-defined and left our county’s law enforcement with no clear rules. At the time, Montgomery County’s Director of Public Information, Barry Hudson, was unable to define what if any exceptions there were to this policy of strict non-cooperation, as reported by ABC7. When asked, Mr. Hudson replied that his office was “working on answers”. 

Only two days later, county law enforcement officials arrested two illegal immigrants for five counts of 2nd degree rape on an 11-year-old child. One of the Defendants, Mauricio Barrera-Navidad, was granted a $100,000 (post 10 percent) bond. Thus, despite ICE having lodged a detainer for him, he would have been released from custody if he had been able to pay 10% of the bond. 

When asked to comment on these arrests, Mr. Hudson (whose salary costs county taxpayers $175,000 per year) shockingly placed the blame on United States Customs and Border Protection, saying that “if the system failed, it would have failed on the federal level. This is not the responsibility of the local government.” 

Sadly, this tragedy of errors was just beginning. On July 14th, Mr. Elrich lied to the public, stating that the “Promoting Community Trust Executive Order has not changed the County's policy on cooperating with ICE requests for notification of the release of individuals charged with serious crimes.” Mr. Elrich’s clumsy lie was revealed when the County Council issued its own statement on August 16th, admitting that there was an even more recent “new Executive Order for notification of the release of individuals charged with serious crimes”. 

Clearly, this new modification to the executive order has not solved anything, since on August 13th, Rodrigo Castro-Montejo, another defendant charged with a 2nd degree rape, and in the country illegally, was released from county custody after paying a $1,000 surety bond. Jail officials made all of one phone call to the wrong number before releasing Mr. Castro-Montejo back into our community. 

Is this a sign of Mr. Elrich’s new policy? To continue to make every effort to obstruct ICE while still leaving him the fig leaf, a pathetic pretense of cooperation? These are not hypothetical political debates. In the thirty days since the announcement of Mr. Elrich’s executive order, county law enforcement has commenced at least five rape prosecutions against defendants who are in this country illegally, with child victims in at least two cases. 

In reference to the child victimized by Mr. Barrera-Navidad, the County Council stated, “we will ensure that the victim and her family receive the assistance and necessary support to overcome this tragic event in their lives”. Perhaps if they had not joined Mr. Elrich in proudly and publicly declaring Montgomery County a sanctuary for her attackers, this would never have been necessary. 

www.mcgop.com

 

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County Ex Elrich's Decision Makes MoCo Less Safe

Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date:  August 14, 2019
Media Contact:  Rebecca Altendorf
Email:  
press@mcgop.com

County Executive Elrich's Political Stunt Indeed Makes 
Montgomery County Less Safe

Rockville, MD

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.” 

www.mcgop.com

 

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County Executive Elrich's Political Stunt Makes MoCo Less Safe

Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date:  
July 23, 2019
Media Contact:  Rebecca Altendorf
Email:  
press@mcgop.com

County Executive Elrich's Political Stunt Makes 
Montgomery County Less Safe

Rockville, MD

The Montgomery County Republican Party believes County Executive Elrich has just made the County less safe by issuing an executive order yesterday preventing county agencies from cooperating with ICE. 

County Party Chairman, Alexander Bush, said, "If you take politics out of the decision, it quickly becomes apparent that one government agency refusing to share relevant information about law enforcement activities with another government agency makes no sense." ICE has made clear that their enforcement operations are prioritized to focus on criminals, not peaceful undocumented individuals.

So long as enforcement does not include targeted courthouse arrests of crime victims, a policy of cooperation will only make Montgomery County safer.  In fact, President Obama stated in a 2014 address on immigration that he had increased the deportation of criminal immigrants by 80%.  Viewed in this light, Chairman Bush noted, "Elrich’s political stunt is all about opposing a President he hates, even at the risk of the safety of Montgomery County residents."

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New LD 20 Central Committee Members Elected from Silver Spring

Montgomery County Republican Central Committee

Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date:  
July 17, 2019
Media Contact:  Rebecca Altendorf
Email:  
press@mcgop.com

JOEL KERALIS AND MATTHEW JOHNSON ELECTED TO THE
MONTGOMERY COUNTY REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Rockville, MD

Last evening, the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee (MCRCC) elected Joel Keralis and Matthew Johnson to serve as party central committee members representing Maryland’s Legislative District 20 (Silver Spring). Following their unanimous election, MCRCC Chairman Alexander Bush welcomed them, “I am excited to have two talented and enthusiastic new members to add to the Committee. District 20 now has by far our youngest contingent, and I look forward to the innovation and energy that Joel and Matthew bring.”


Montgomery County Council selects Kathy Gugulis and Christopher Danley to serve on the County Charter Review Commission for 2020

Montgomery County Republican Central Committee

Press Release


For Immediate Release

Date:  
May 14, 2019
Media Contact:  Rebecca Altendorf
Email:  
press@mcgop.com

Montgomery County Council selects Kathy Gugulis and Christopher Danley to serve on the County Charter Review Commission for 2020

Rockville, MD 

Every two years, the County Charter Review Commission (CRC) completes a review and report suggesting potential Charter amendments.  This is critically important for upkeep and management of the Montgomery County Charter, created in 1968.  It also determines much of how local politics is governed.  The members of the Charter Review Commission are appointed to four year terms, by the County Council, and it is split between Republican and Democratic appointments, and a limit of 6 appointments may be made from the same political party.  The County Council made two new Republican appointments this season, Katherine Gugulis and Christopher Danley. 


Montgomery County Asian Americans Take a Stand

For Immediate Release    Don Irvine
July 20, 2017  

 

donaldirvine@gmail.com

 

Montgomery County Asian Americans Take a Stand

Rockville, MD --There's a time for talk and a time for action - so when the issue of sanctuary cities and states emerged as a hot issue in 2017, it ignited the passions and patriotism of a group of Asian-Americans, who knew it was time to stand up and fight the status quo.


Montgomery County Republican Party