Yaslin says she will be her family’s first high school graduate. She plans to go to college. The high school senior has lived in Baltimore for nine years. Now she’s afraid.
Recent raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (ICE) in Southeast Baltimore has a growing community on edge.
“When someone knocks on their door, they have a moment of panic,” Yaslin, who declined to give her last name, told a room full of reporters and cameras at a press conference in City Hall before the City Council meeting. “We need support and we need to feel safe.”
The council unanimously passed a resolution calling on ICE to leave ordinary immigrants, even the undocumented, alone, and “focus all enforcement efforts on arresting criminals who are causing harm to our city (violence, property crimes etc).”
“I don’t know what ICE is,” Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young quipped at the press conference. “It’s summer time coming up and they need to melt.”
Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis reiterated his department’s policy of not asking or caring about a person’s immigration status.
“We will not work with federal law enforcement agencies for the soul purpose of immigration enforcement,” Davis said. “Because public safety depends on mutual trust.”
Councilman Zeke Cohen (1st District), who called the press conference, told of several men recently taken by ICE.
“We lost a barber, a business owner and a father. They’re not gang members or drug dealers,” he said. Cohen likened the recent raids to what Nazi Germany did before the…
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