The Baltimore Sun published on November 11th, 2020 a letter by Laurie Liskin, a leading member of our Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice, urging county executive Calvin Ball to rescind his veto of County Bill 51-2020, which would have ended Howard County's contract with ICE to detain immigrants at the Jessup Detention Center: "It is time for Howard County to stop making $2 million per year from the ICE contract and stop this appalling treatment of human beings."
In response to Calvin Ball's veto of CB-51, the Coalition vows to continue fighting for immigrant justice and vehemently condemns Ball's repeated mischaracterization of the detainees as violent criminals, which has furthered the stereotype that Brown and Black people are dangerous. "If County Executive Ball truly cared about making Howard County an inclusive community that dismantles systemic racism, he would choose not to profit off of the incarceration of Brown and Black people."
The Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice thanks Councilwomen Liz Walsh, Deb Jung, and Christiana Rigby for their dedication, vision and success in passing CB-51. The bill, which would have terminated the county's cooperation with ICE, had the overwhelming support of our community, but was ultimately vetoed by county executive Calvin Ball.
Monday, October 5th, is the vote for CB-51 and we need to do a big final push! Here are several ways in which you can act to tell your elected officials to #SupportCB51 and end Howard County's shameful cooperation with ICE.