Advocates for the people of Maryland wishing to see illegal immigration controlled in the state are cheering today after a federal judge dismissed the discrimination charges against Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, the Frederick County Commissioners and county deputies accused of discrimination.
Here is the breaking news from the Frederick News Post:
A federal judge has thrown out a $1 million discrimination lawsuit filed by Salvadoran native Roxana Orellana Santos against Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, two deputies and the Board of County Commissioners.
“I’m very pleased,” Jenkins said Tuesday, hours after he learned of the move by U.S. District Court Judge Benson Everett Legg. “It’s a huge decision.”
Legg granted a summary motion by the defendants and ruled that Santos’ Fourth Amendment and due process rights were not violated when she was detained Oct. 7, 2008, by sheriff’s deputies….
“I think this has a potential to be a landmark case nationwide,” he said.
Other police agencies across the country involved in similar 287(g) agreements were closely watching the outcome of the case, Jenkins said.
In an obvious admission that this wasn’t a case about poor illegal immigrant Roxanna, but more about killing LEGAL FEDERAL programs that CASA hates, CASA vows to fight on.
Zorayda Moreira-Smith, a CASA staff attorney who represented Santos, said regardless of what steps she and other attorneys take in this case, she believes 287(g) and similar immigration enforcement programs — such as Secure Communities — create a climate of racial profiling and undermine local communities’ trust in police.
“We will still continue to battle for the elimination of 287(g) programs and Secure Community programs,” she said.
Since the case did not hinge on the 287 g program, Roxana Orellana Santos was merely CASA’s pawn in a public relations war against any county or city willing to try to promote the rule of law as it pertains to immigrants living in the community.