Maryland Governor Candidate Threatens To Have ICE Agents Arrested If They Do Their Job

Alec Ross said that he'll have ICE agents arrested if they try to do their job in Maryland.

Alec Ross said that he’ll have ICE agents arrested if they try to do their job in Maryland.

Alec Ross Claims That If He’s Elected, He’ll Have ICE Agents Arrested

Maryland – Alec Ross, candidate for governor of Maryland, said on Monday, October 9, that he would have the State Police arrest ICE agents if they violate state laws and individual rights.

Ross’ comments occurred in an interview with Dan Rodricks, reporter for The Baltimore Sun.

He said, “I swear to God, if the ICE officers violate the laws of Maryland and violate the rights of the citizens and guests of us here in the state of Maryland, I will have State Troopers arrest the ICE officers, and God bless the confrontation that brings with Donald Trump.”

State Troopers are obligated to ignore unlawful orders.

Ross, age 45, is a former senior advisor on technology for former President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

His controversial comments have drawn public criticism, and in response to that, he said that he stands by what he said.

Ross later said on Monday, “These ICE officers are very frequently violating the law.  God help you if you are Latino, even if you are a legal immigrant, you’re getting jacked up in East Baltimore, you’re getting jacked up in Takoma Park and in Silver Spring. It’s got to stop.”

A bill was introduced in March, the Maryland Law Enforcement and Governmental Trust Act, that would make Maryland a ‘sanctuary state’. It was withdrawn when it reached the State House in April after current Governor Lawrence Hogan, Jr. threatened to veto it, and federal Attorney General Jeff Sessions strongly “rebuked” it, according to The Washington Times.

In the state itself, the city of Baltimore, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County have all claimed sanctuary city status, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

In the interview, Ross claimed that ICE has been going to immigrants’ homes to question them, and that they’ve made warrantless entries in some homes.

He also said that “while there’s nothing the governor can or should be doing about enforcement actions that don’t violate state laws,” he would make sure “state laws are respected.”

Ross blamed President Trump for an increase in immigrant arrests.

He said that ICE agents are not trustworthy, and that legal immigrants are afraid to send their kids to school.

Ross said, “I do not believe that speaking Spanish is probable cause for an investigation.”

In late September, 28 illegal immigrants in Maryland were arrested as part of a nationwide sweep of “so-called sanctuary jurisdictions” that have refused to cooperate with law enforcement.

These immigrants were not those that had deferred status; the sweep ‘prioritized’ those who had criminal convictions, criminal charges or gang affiliations, and those who were immigration fugitives or had re-entered after being deported, according to WBAL.

Ross is part of a crowded field of candidates for Maryland Governor.  In a recent poll, five percent of Democrats said they would vote for him.

  • Beetlebailey

    This reminds me of the “Sovereign Citizen” telling his wife to call the police because the police were arresting him.

  • avgjoe

    Um this dum dum should be told FEDERAL LAW supercedes. Local/state law

    • bubba2001

      And Obama himself said that!

    • william tell

      Figures this guy worked for Obama. You cant arrest ICE officers from enforcing Federal law. The State Troopers and local police would be guilty of Federal Obstruction and they could be arrested by the Feds. Maryland is a very left wing state but hopefully they wont elect this clown.

      • SAMADAMSISBACK

        Just another liberal elitist thinking when he becomes king of MD the state police will be his personal army! What a proglodyte!

      • SteelerK9

        They won’t. Hogan will remain Governor.

  • ProUSAProGOD

    Hmmm … I do believe that ICE has federal jurisdiction over all the U.S. and when federal law clashes with state, federal law wins (Supremacy Clause – U.S. Constitution, Article VI, paragraph 2).

  • EAGLEEYEZZADIQ

    This guy is a dumbass.

  • BCD

    These candidates should run for office in Mexico, because those are the only voters they seek to “protect” for profit.
    And Hey Einstein, you beloved Obama had more illegals arrested under his administration than any before and (so far) after. So perhaps you should seek to have him arrested,

  • Ed Leicht

    First off fudge packer, you’ve got less chance of getting the office than I do…second, state governments DO NOT have jurisdiction over the FEDERAL government…nice try for the illegal votes though.

    • Highest common denominator

      I never understand conservatives who think like you. Dont you want less federal intervention on state matters?

      • James Hoffman

        Only the ones that matter, not the anchor babies, or cake bakers, or interstate highway blockers, or National Felon League wife beaters, or communists like you.

        • Highest common denominator

          I’m not a Communist, clown. I’m a veteran. All I’m doing is holding his argument to the fire and watching it burn up.

          Feel free to answer the question though. What you did above is deflection.

          • Ihatehighestcommondemoninator

            yeah right

          • Highest common denominator

            I won’t respond to anything else you post to me, but I’ll just leave you with ” mockery is the most sincere form of flattery,” so thank you.

          • Ihatehighestcommondemoninator

            I won’t respond to anything else you post to me, but I’ll just leave you with ” mockery is the most sincere form of flattery,” so thank you.

          • Highest common denominator

            Colin Kaepernick is a hero for sacrificing his livelihood for a greater cause.

      • Ed Leicht

        he has no say over a government agency, especially when he wants to IGNORE the laws…Maryland s been a democrat run shit bucket for 100 years…and the republican governor we have now is just as bad as they are.

        • Highest common denominator

          that’s great, but not my point.

          I thought Conservatives were about less federal intervention? Why so much cheering for ending DACA, or for trying to end legal marijuana use for another example, when certain states have decided they’re for it? As a conservative, why wouldn’t you be on the side of states’ rights?

          • BobCat

            Conservatives are for law and order. DACA is against the law that Obama passed without Congress. The right thing to do was for Congress to decide on the right path for these illegal families.

          • Highest common denominator

            So then you are fine with the federal government deciding for everyone?

          • Joseph Cristarella

            When it comes to violations of Federal Law, then yes, the Government has the authority to decide, if you do not like the law, start a petition to get the law changed and put on the ballot for the people to vote on, if it passes, then you win and get your way, if it doesn’t be a good loser and live within the law!

          • Highest common denominator

            Alright. Like trying to re-criminalize marijuana. Gotcha.

          • Richard Teran, San Antonio, TX

            The people who were brought here as children, grew up here and are now going to school or working – and not a threat or burden to the country – SHOULD be given some form of legal status (perhaps including citizenship, perhaps not). It is legally the responsibility of the LEGISLATIVE branch to grant this. It just opens up a big can of worms when the EXECUTIVE branch writes laws. – DACA is one such can of worms. Trump is simply placing the ball back in the court it is LEGALLY supposed to be in.

          • Highest common denominator

            I’m not arguing it was a reach, but heels would have been dragged without that reach and the ones DACA was passed for would suffer. Further, i agree with putting back in Legislative hands.

          • Toni Feathers

            NO, apparently you don’t have the whole picture or you are just not listening. Conservatives for the most part certainly want less federal intervention…BUT, that said, we also want those who are in this country illegally, and living off the work and the backs of the American workers, OUT! There is no such thing as an “illegal immigrant” They are NOT IMMIGRANTS! If they are here illegally, they are TRESPASSING and do not belong here, they are NOT WELCOME to continue to collect welfare – they never paid any taxes into kitty. That goes for dental care, food stamps, medicaid or a free meal at a food kitchen. They are NOT welcome to try to force the American people to become bilingual. We speak English in this Country. NOT spanish.
            I do NOT want to press 1 for english, learn English or stay in the spanish speaking country.
            We do not want to pay taxes that include money for teaching Americans to speak Spanish, or to watch anyone from another country Fly their Country’s flag above the US Flag. THAT is how most of us feel. If you break the law, you are NOT WELCOME, if you are here illegally – YOU ARE NOT WELCOME, and NO most of us do NOT want pot legalized. So now you know.

          • Highest common denominator

            Pretty much everything you said is off. The majority of DACA immigrants grew up American because this is the only country they know. They’ve been schooled here, have jobs here, pay taxes here. Sending someone somewhere they have no connections and many don’t even know the language is shouldn’t be the action of a first world country.

          • Joseph Cristarella

            How is it they are educated here, have jobs here and pay taxes here when they are here illegally???? Can you say working under the table, free education at the tax payers expense, using stolen or fraudulent Social Security numbers. All of which are crimes or wrong. There are many people who came here legally, learned our language, became U.S. Citizens and are proud of that. I am only a second generation American, but my ancestors came here legally through Ellis Island, did things the right way, never taught their children to speak any language but English, because they were Americans and became citizens, because they were proud of being here and being an American!

          • Highest common denominator

            DACA is aimed at children that were brought here really young and now they’re young adults. They have grown up American.

          • Michelle

            Show the statistics on this because I can show you statistics that greatly void your statement. Yes DACA is for the ‘dreamers’. However it was put in place illegally, is a temporary solution (was only supposed to be in place for 2 years), yet we have ‘dreamers’ that have been here so long that they have gotten married, raised a family and are now grandparents. Once these ‘dreamers’ reach the age of 18, that is when they should be takin the steps to become a US citizen. However most are not. http://www.cairco.org/issues/dreamers-daca-dream-act

          • Highest common denominator

            And going through the letter of the process means they would have to go back to a country in which they have no roots. DACA was supposed to be temporary until a solution came along because many people understand the fucked up situation of being sent somewhere you have no connection. Repealing DACA with no replacement is wrong because empathy should kick in at some point and realize that sending someone to a place totally foreign to them is borderline inhumane.

          • Michelle

            Empathy? How about having empathy for the 100’s of thousands of the U.S. citizen children, elderly, and Veterans for starters? How about empathy for children that go hungry and the only real meal they receive throughout the day is at school? How about having empathy for the victims of violent crimes? Let’s put it like this: As a parent, a daughter, sister and wife, I am going to make sure my own have their needs met before I spend thousands of dollars helping someone else. This nation has to take care of their own before taking on the problems of another country (notice I haven’t once specified which country, this is because I include ANY foreign country).

          • Highest common denominator

            Those are all different arguments. The budget for veterans is lacking, but has nothing to do with the DACA budget. Same with WIC/Food stamps. Different barrels of money that don’t intersect.

            If your true concern is the welfare of Americans, you should be fighting a universal income tax and reduced corporate and 1% tax loopholes.

          • Michelle

            Once again, you resort to deflection. You wanted to discuss empathy, which is what I did in that comment. I could go all day discussing the poles that you spoke of, but that’s a different discussion. Although they are in an indirect way are affected by the DACA act. Instead of deflecting, try sticking to the conversation instead of using other topics to shy away from the facts.

          • Highest common denominator

            That’s not deflection, it’s fact. One shouldn’t mention money getting taken away from veterans and children and shit to support DACA, because that’s not true.

          • Michelle

            Show me where I claimed that DACA was taking from Veterans or children or anyone for that matter other than the American tax payers. You have yet to show any facts, or any resource to support your claims. Again, you completely missed the point of not only my comments and those of others here, but the point of the arguments against the topic of this article.

          • Highest common denominator

            If you didn’t say it, i wasn’t talking to you.

          • Michelle

            Highest common denominator (insert arrow pointing —>) Michelle • 3 hours ago
            That’s not deflection, it’s fact. One shouldn’t mention money getting taken away from veterans and children and shit to support DACA, because that’s not true.

            •Reply•Share ›
            I would say that you were replying to my post as the cut and paste above shows. Why make comments and then not be prepared to answer questions posed to you? You have completely ignored facts provided to you, instead you go off on some new path of ‘argument’. You are nothing more than a keyboard warrior. I hold integrity to the highest, since you cannot be honest with people, you have lost all credibility to your arguments. I wish you the best of luck in your ‘fight’ for criminals. Thankfully I have the majority of the United States of America’s population that have my back on this entire topic.

          • Highest common denominator

            Congrats. Would you and the majority prefer chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies?

          • Michelle

            Here’s a little statistical trivia for you which once again blows your opinion/regurgitated rhetoric:
            At the federal, state, and local levels, taxpayers shell out approximately $134.9 billion to cover the costs incurred by the presence of more than 12.5 million illegal aliens, and about 4.2 million citizen children of illegal aliens. That amounts to a tax burden of approximately $8,075 per illegal alien family member and a total of $115,894,597,664. The total cost of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is both staggering and crippling. In 2013, FAIR estimated the total cost to be approximately $113 billion. So, in under four years, the cost has risen nearly $3 billion. This is a disturbing and unsustainable trend. The sections below will break down and further explain these numbers at the federal, state, and local levels. Total Fed. Costs: $45,870,474,332 add that to the State and local costs at $88,992,981,032 comes to $13,868,455,364. Earlier you claimed that illegals contribute by paying taxes, let’s do some more math here. Illegal tax contributions: Federal taxes paid $15,447,897,700 add that to the state and local taxes of $3,520,960,000 comes to a total of $18,968,857,700. The total economic impact of illegals: Total national cost of $ 134,863,455,364 minus the taxes paid of $18,968,857,700 comes to a total economical impact of illegals $116 BILLION, yes billions a year.
            You stated that Same with WIC/Food stamps. Different barrels of money that don’t intersect. Guess you missed this little fact: The Federal government spends a net amount of $45.8 billion on illegals and their U.S.-born children. This amount includes expenditures for public education, medical care, justice enforcement initiatives, welfare programs and other miscellaneous costs. It also factors in the meager amount illegal aliens pay to the federal government in income, social security, Medicare and excise taxes.

          • Highest common denominator

            It’s more cost effective to provide a viable path to legal status since many of these people do add to the US economy, vice kicking them out and creating a work vacuum. It’s already happening in certain industries, especially seasonal industries like fishing and farming.

          • Michelle

            DACA exists because Obama got tired of negotiating with Congress on immigration, especially on the DREAM Act, which would have exempted SCHOOL-AGE illegals from deportation. After having insisted to his supporters throughout most of his first term that he DID NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO CHANGE THE LAW by executive order, Obama did just that in June 2012. Specifically, DACA provided certain illegal aliens who entered the United States BEFORE the age of sixteen a period of deferred action and eligibility to request employment authorization. If they are now young adults (18-39 years of age), just how many of them are taking the steps towards legalization? You always say that someone hasn’t answered your questions, are just deflecting…but sir, with all due respect you are the one that is doing the deflection and ignoring questions directed at you. Since you do not want to bring facts, citations to support your opinions, I’ll answer the request I asked you earlier to show the statistics: According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Department, between 2012-2017 there has been a total Cumulative 1,866,048 requests for consideration of DACA arrivals. Of those, 126,409 were rejected, and out of the 1,992,457 received. Now out of the 2012 statics of only 11 MILLION Illegals in this country, would you care to explain why 10,630,471 haven’t applied for citizenship and have been here for many years (some are grandparents at this point)?

            Among other things—such as the expansion of the coverage criteria under the 2012 DACA policy to encompass aliens with a wider range of ages and arrival dates, and lengthening the period of deferred action and work authorization from two years to three—the November 20, 2014 memorandum directed USCIS “to establish a process, similar to DACA, for exercising prosecutorial discretion through the use of deferred action, on a case-by-case basis,” to certain aliens who have “a son or daughter who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.”
            The Immigration and Nationality Act “flatly does not permit the reclassification of millions of illegal aliens as lawfully present and thereby make them newly eligible for a host of federal and state benefits, including work authorization.”

            https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Resources/Reports%20and%20Studies/Immigration%20Forms%20Data/All%20Form%20Types/DACA/daca_performancedata_fy2017_qtr3.pdf

          • Michelle

            I give you Toni a standing ovation!

      • BobCat

        ICE is federal and they go after illegal immigrants continuously committing crimes, not legal immigrants. Mr. Ross is causing fear among the Hispanic communities.

        • Michelle

          Exactly and so does mainstream media. They all throw out the word immigrants yet forget to make the distinction between ILLEGAL and LEGAL. Legals are welcomed here, it’s what this country is built on.

      • Michelle

        So it is okay for a city or state to allow criminals to come into it’s borders? This isn’t a conservative/liberal debate. This is about LEGAL and ILLEGAL. I want my government officials to uphold the law as has been set forth. Allowing ILLEGAL immigrants into any portion of the United States is in direct and clear violation of Section 1325, which sets forth criminal offenses relating to (1) improper entry into the United States by an alien, (2) entry into marriage for the purpose of evading immigration laws, and (3) establishing a commercial enterprise for the purpose of evading immigration laws. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) amended 8 U.S.C. § 1325 to provide that an alien apprehended while entering or attempting to enter the United States at a time or place other than as designated by immigration officers shall be subject to a civil penalty.

        • Highest common denominator

          DACA is different though. You can’t send someone to a country with no connections, no prospects, and may not even know the language. Many have been productive in the US and have paid taxes and all. For all intents and purposes, they’re American.

          • Michelle

            Okay, I’m going to give you a chance here. I’m in a good mood so I’ll play nice. Tell me exactly how DACA is different and different from what???

          • Yankton

            Their parents brought them to a country with no connections, no prospects and did not even know the language!

          • Highest common denominator

            But the children are American in every way except for documentation. That’s who I’m arguing for.

        • Highest common denominator

          Further, if a state decides they want to take in immigrants, why would you be against States rights? That’s my original question.

          • Michelle

            Your original question was and I quote: “Dont you want less federal intervention on state matters?” and was answered, so who is deflecting now? I pay Federal taxes, these ‘sanctuary states’ collect Federal funding right? So if these states want to support these ILLEGALS, then all Federal funding should be cut off. Stop listening to The View, CNN and MNBC and trying to regurgitate their rhetoric unless you are willing to open YOUR home to these ‘poor souls who have lived here all their lives’ and not once tried to make effort in becoming a citizen. Anyone that has been here for ‘their whole lives’ and doesn’t know any other country can make the effort to become a citizen. But they don’t. They decide to remain ILLEGAL.

          • Highest common denominator

            In many cases, they would have to return to a country where they have no connection to legally start the process. For all intents and purposes, they were brought up American.

      • Billy K.

        I am a bit more libertarian than conservative, but I can answer your question.

        First, I am not for “more” federal intervention on a state level, but it has been established in the constitution that the Executive and Legislative branches of the Federal government are the ones that are to write and enforce laws concerning immigration.

        Secondly, many of the straw man arguments that you have made earlier in this thread are non sequiturs. It is logically consistent for someone to want the feds to do what they have been constitutionally designated to do (i.e. – immigration and national defense), but not interfere in what has been relegated to the states by the 10th amendment (i.e. – health care). Do not conflate these things.

        That being said, CONGRESS should have been the ones to make the decision on DACA, not the president. Since Obama decided to act with his phone and pen, and the D’s and R’s did nothing to stop him, Trump can now undo what Obama did the EXACT SAME WAY it was put in place. D’s are going to sue Trump now? All Sessions has to do now is not defend DACA just like Holder decided not to defend DOMA.

        We should ask Dr. Frankenstein how he likes the monster he created now that it has turned on him.

        Also, as has been said by others, the Supremacy Clause does give the Feds top billing in this one. The rules that the US Congress put in place for immigration are the ones that should be enforced. If we don’t like them, we have a way to change them.

        Finally, if a local or state Law Enforcement agency does not want to cooperate with ICE on immigration holds, so be it – but they need to be ready for the consequences that come with it. This may mean anything from a loss of federal funding to having more ICE agents in their neighborhoods for enforcement purposes.

        I hope this helps to clarify the “conservative” position a bit more. What I personally think about current immigration laws is an entirely different subject.

        • Joseph Cristarella

          Just to add to this, local and State Law Enforcement swear an Oath to uphold the laws of the State they work in, the Constitution of that State,the laws of the United States and the Constitution of the United States. So, they cannot uniformly decide not to assist Federal Law Enforcement in enforcing Federal Laws, as they are sworn to uphold those laws.

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  • Retired GI & Fed

    Someone please get the popcorn and save me a seat if this person gets elected. https://www.justice.gov/usam/criminal-resource-manual-1564-assaults-general-18-usc-111-and-1114

  • Wood

    You just can’t fix STUPID!

  • Larry Wilson

    Dear Governor……ignorance of the law is no excuse, no matter how ignorant you really are! I dare you to try and if the State Police were to follow YOUR UNLAWFUL order they too would be subject to arrest just like you. You sound exactly like King BARRY….I don’t like that law so I will order it to be ignored now. Go for it!!!!

  • michelhb

    A whole 5% of Democrats support this idiot. Doesn’t sound like anything to worry about to me.

  • Ronald_G

    Good Lord. I live in Maryland, and I have no idea who this clown is!

  • jerryJ

    Has “ANYONE” informed this numb nutted liberal, Federal supercedes local laws ????????????

  • Matt R

    I think anyone associated with ICE should actually vote for this clown. False arrest of Federal Agents? They all might become rich after the lawsuits are done.

  • just wondering

    Get your own daily violence in order before you even dream of issuing an illegal order that could put you in Federal prison.

  • Joseph Cristarella

    He does not have the authority to arrest Federal Agents doing their jobs, this is just another liberal idiot being trained by Killary and Obutthead! If he attempts to have State Troopers arrest ICE agents for doing their jobs, they can arrest him on Federal charges of Obstruction of Justice!

  • Peekin-In

    Excuse me…….. If they are here without being born here, a visa or permanent residency………….they’re ILLEGAL which means:

    il·le·gal
    i(l)ˈlēɡəl/
    adjective
    adjective: illegal
    1.
    contrary to or forbidden by law, especially criminal law.”illegal drugs”synonyms:unlawful, illicit, illegitimate, criminal, felonious; unlicensed, unauthorized, unsanctioned, warrantless;
    fraudulent, corrupt;
    outlawed, banned, forbidden, prohibited, proscribed, taboo;
    contraband, black-market, bootleg;
    malfeasant;
    informalcrooked, shady, sketchy
    “illegal campaign contributions”

  • Babygrrl

    The subject matter of his opinion is irrelevant. The main point is, here, that this guy is coming out of the box – before he even gets one of the big chairs – telling us exactly what he will do – WASTE OUR TAX MONEY. You couldn’t BE more out of touch with Marylanders. We’re sick of the wasteful and useless – something Maryland politics has been guilty of for far too many years now. We’re overregulated, 2nd Amendment paranoid, unfriendly to new businesses and constantly having to fill the coffers so Baltimore can get itself out of mess after mess. The rest of the State is SICK AND TIRED of Montgomery, Anne Arundel and Baltimore thinking they’re the only parts of this state that exist.

  • dark113

    ICE are not above the law there for if they violate state law they have to be brought to justice if a state is a sanctuary jurisdiction then ICE have to tred cerfuley

  • SteelerK9

    This guy is a whack job. He suffers from the delusion that being governor is a higher step than the Federal Government. Besides the Maryland State Police would not follow such an order. It is an illegal order. Then again this fool does not know that I am sure.