To: The Maryland State House and The Maryland State Senate

An Open Letter to the Maryland Legislature and Governor Larry Hogan from Maryland AAPIs

We are Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Maryland residents who stand in support of the Maryland Trust Act, a policy that would promote safety for all Maryland residents. We urge the Maryland State Legislature to pass the Maryland Trust Act and for Governor Hogan to sign it.

In the current environment when immigrants are under attack from many directions, we are proud to see our Legislature moving forward on the Maryland Trust Act with support from AAPI legislators. The Maryland Trust Act would disentangle Maryland police and government agencies from immigration enforcement, making our communities safer. Mandating or incentivizing local police to enforce immigration law jeopardizes public safety for all residents by reducing community trust and cooperation with police and by diverting resources away from keeping our communities safe. Immigrant victims and witnesses of crimes are less likely to come forward when police engage in immigration enforcement.

We are signing this petition because there is a small but vocal group of Asian Americans in Maryland who have been speaking out in opposition to the Maryland Trust Act. We write to say that they do not speak for all Maryland AAPIs. While we would support this bill even if it only affected Latinos and African immigrants, it is important to note that it affects AAPIs as well. Nationwide, there are an estimated 1.6 million undocumented Asian immigrants. In Maryland, there are around 37,000 undocumented Asian immigrants and they make up close to 16% of Maryland’s undocumented population.

The Maryland Trust Act also sends a message that Maryland is a state that welcomes and values immigrants. At a time when we are experiencing a climate of rising Islamophobia, xenophobia, racism and anti-immigrant sentiment that has resulted in a significant jump in hate-motivated attacks across the country, we need our state to step up. As AAPIs and Marylanders, we must stand united against any and all attacks against all in our communities. Only by uniting to protect all Maryland residents will be able to truly defend the American values that we hold dear. Support the Maryland Trust Act.

Why is this important?

We are Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Maryland residents who stand in support of the Maryland Trust Act, a policy that would promote safety for all Maryland residents. We are signing this petition because there is a small but vocal group of Asian Americans in Maryland who have been speaking out in opposition to the Maryland Trust Act. We write to say that they do not speak for all Maryland AAPIs.

Category


Reasons for signing

  • Slow the COVID numbers down and start Returning back to normalcy life, in-person and reopening montgomery county and recreation & senior centers, Sports activities, large family gatherings, weddings & marriages, personal services, Malls & Stores, Employment & Jobs, Religious Facilities, Live Entertainment. Returning back to all cities, countries and all states around the world.
  • Education & Economy: I want you to vote to remove trump and Mitch McConnell out of the Oval Office today. Flip the senate and take back the White House today. Education and Economy reopening all states and cities. Government Reopening all states and cities around the world and counties. Returning students back to school this year. Let’s Help to stop and slow the spread of virus.
  • Thank you for protecting immigrants.