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Group to sue Frederick County Sheriff for racial profiling
Originally published November 09, 2009 Frederick News Post
By Nicholas C. Stern
A group of lawyers is taking Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins to federal court for allegedly violating the civil rights of a woman in Frederick when two deputies took her into custody last year concerning her immigration status.
Lawyers with LatinoJustice PRLDEF, CASA de Maryland and Nixon Peabody LLP will file the suit in the U.S. District Court at Greenbelt on Tuesday, according a lawyer with LatinoJustice, Jose Perez. Jenkins said he became aware of the lawsuit Monday. He said he's looking into the circumstances of the encounter and the arrest, but had no comment yet.
The complaint will allege that Roxana Orellana was eating lunch outdoors Oct. 7, 2008, on her break when two Frederick County Sheriff's Office deputies approached and began interrogating her about her immigration status, according to a CASA press release. Perez said lawyers believe the arresting officer was not one of those who had received immigration enforcement training as part of a program to train deputies and correctional officers to enforce federal immigration laws. That program, known as a 287(g) agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, became effective in Frederick County in April of 2008.
To date, it's the only such agreement with a county law enforcement agency of its kind in Maryland. Perez said Orellana's only apparent crime was eating a sandwich while looking Latina. He said she was not charged with a crime but was taken into immigration custody and jailed in Frederick for a day or so until she was transferred to other immigration jails in Maryland. "The only reasonable conclusion anyone can draw is that they were profiling," Perez said.
In all, Orellana spent 46 days in immigration detention until she was released, Perez said. She now lives at an undisclosed location in the country, he said.
The lawsuit will claim Jenkins exceeded the jurisdiction's agreement with ICE under the 287(g) agreement, that the deputies actions were discriminatory and violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and that deputies violated Orellana's rights to be free from discrimination and unreasonable search and seizure, the press release states.
CASA OF MARYLAND EVENT SUNDAY NOVEMBER 15 - ALL HSM MEMBERS INVITED TO PEACEFULLY PARTICIPATE. NO MORE SANCTUARY FOR CASA AND THEIR LAWLESS PARTNERS IN MARYLAND!
LETS GO HEAR THE SO-CALLED EXPERTS TELL MARYLAND CITIZENS THEIR PLANS FOR AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS!
"I wanted to let you know about an opportunity this Sunday, November 15th to hear experts discuss what's needed in immigration reform legislation, prospects for passage, and ways that you can get involved. I hope that you will consider attending.
WHO: Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA of Maryland, Candace Kattar, Executive Director, Identity Inc., Ana White, The Interfaith Immigration Coalition, and Peggy Gleason, Attorney, Catholic Legal Immigration Network and Catholic Charities
WHAT: Talk and dialogue on Immigration Reform legislation, prospects for passage, and what you can do to get involved!
WHEN: 5-7pm, Sunday, November, 15
WHERE: River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Fellowship Hall, 6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20814
SPONSORED: The forum is sponsored by the St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church; Bethesda Friends Meeting; and River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
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TEA PARTY EVENT AGAINST AMNESTY SATURDAY NOVEMBER 14 IN VIRGINIA. PLEASE ATTEND. HELP SAVE MARYLAND WILL HOST A TEA PARTY AGAINST AMNESTY NEXT ROUND!
Virginia Congressman Moran, in a September 21st event at Culmore United Methodist Church with pro-amnesty groups, declared active support for an amnesty for illegal immigrants. If we have current law not being enforced, then why make laws in the first place. When they are intentionally broken and supported by our politicians like Moran its time for citizens to act!
Tea Party Against Amnesty
November 14, Saturday
Congressman Moran's District Office
333 N. Fairfax St. , Suite 201
Alexandria, VA 22314
Organizer: Alex Aliferis, 530-400-5821