December 16, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Increases Spending to Assist Residents Facing Deportation

Montgomery County Council agreed to increase the amount of money it allocates for screening and legal services to low-income county residents undergoing immigration deportation or removal proceedings. On Dec. 15, councilmembers adopted a resolution to enter into a new contract with FIRN of Columbia for $77,932.39 and to increase the amount on an existing contract […]

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October 19, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Gaithersburg Man Detained by ICE After Being Released By Montgomery County

A Gaithersburg man who was arrested and released from commitment by Montgomery County District Court on Sept. 25 for sexual abuse was arrested earlier this month by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during a week-long targeted operation. The Department of Homeland Security and ICE arrested more than 170 people throughout the United States, including […]

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September 21, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Methodist Church Calls For Release Of Silver Spring Man Arrested By ICE

United Methodist Church leaders called for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release a Silver Spring man who they said was arrested illegally from his home on the grounds of the Glenmont United Methodist Church. They also called on ICE to state publically that it will uphold its policy of not entering sensitive locations, […]

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September 18, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Silver Spring Man Arrested By ICE, May Be Deported

A Silver Spring man who has been living with his family on the grounds of Glenmont United Methodist Church was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Sept. 10 and may be deported to his native Indonesia. Binsar Siahaan, 52, has been in the United States since 1989. His wife has been here since 1994. […]

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July 9, 2020 | Tori Bergel

Pollard on ICE Restrictions: ‘Instead of Deporting Foreign Students, Montgomery College Embraces Them’

Montgomery College released a statement Tuesday against recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) restrictions for international students taking online classes in the fall due to the coronavirus. ICE announced Monday that international students only taking online classes in the fall will need to leave the country. “It is disappointing that U.S. Immigration and Customs […]

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July 7, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

ICE: Department of Corrections Did Not Detain Illegal Immigrant Suspected of Sexual Abuse

Rene Atilio Ramos-Hernandez, who was arrested by Montgomery County Police Department and charged with sexual abuse of a minor, was released from police custody although U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had lodged a detainer for him. Ramos-Hernandez, 56, of Brentwood, was arrested June 18, and charged with sexual abuse/minor, continuing course of conduct and […]

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February 26, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Five Things to Know for Feb. 26 in Montgomery County

Good morning! In the Western Christian calendar, it’s Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Easter is 46 days away. Here are five things to know in Montgomery County. 1. MoCo Rec Job Fair: Montgomery County Department of Recreation is looking for seasonal employees and is hosting a job fair from 5 to 8 p.m. […]

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July 11, 2019 | Douglas Tallman

Update: Marriott Says It Will Decline Requests to Use Hotels for Detention

Update, 9 p.m.: Sanctuary DMV, one of the organizers of the protest at Choice Hotels and Marriott International has received a statement from Marriott shortly after delivering petitions. Marriott, based in Bethesda, said: Marriott International has had not indication that any of our hotels have been contacted by the U.S. government to be used to […]

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October 2, 2018 | Staff Writer

Ficker and Floreen Weigh in On Immigration in Montgomery County

During Monday’s County Executive candidate forum, moderator Tom Sherwood asked Nancy Floreen and Robin Ficker  a question about immigrants facing deportation proceedings. Tom Sherwood asked, “Montgomery County has identified $370 thousand dollars to support the efforts to provide legal representation for low income immigrants and children facing deportation proceedings.What more should the county do?” Here […]

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August 7, 2017 | Staff Writer

Councilmember Marc Elrich Releases Statement About Deportation of Claros-Saravia Brothers

Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich has released a statement on the deportation of Lizandro Claros-Saravia and his brother Diego who lived in Gaithersburg and were deported to El Salavador last week. “The deportation of the Claros-Saravia brothers is a tragic situation and a waste of public resources. Our tax dollars should not have been used […]

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