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Wed May 6, 2015, 08:34 AM


Martin O'Malley was taking action on behalf of immigrant children before Hillary thought it was cool

Lis Smith @Lis_Smith retweeted Fin Gomez
GovernorOMalley took heat from the left & right for standing up for #borderkids. But he stood up when it mattered

from July 11, 2014:

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley broke publicly with President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday, calling for a more humane policy toward the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed into the United States.

“It is contrary to everything we stand for to try to summarily send children back to death,” the Democratic lawmaker told reporters. O’Malley also criticized the “kennels” in which those who have been detained are being kept and calling for the children to be placed in “the least restrictive” locations, including foster homes or with family members in the U.S.

“Through all of the great world religions we are told that hospitality to strangers is an essential human dignity,” O’Malley said. “It is a belief that unites all of us. And I have watched the pictures of young kids who have traveled for thousands of miles. I can only imagine, as a father of four, the heartbreak that those parents must have felt in sending their children across a desert where they can be muled and trafficked or used or killed or tortured. But with the hope, the hope, that they would reach the United States and that their children would be protected from what they were facing at home, which was the likelihood of being recruited into gangs and dying a violent death.”

Hillary Clinton told CNN last month that most of those detained should be sent back. “They should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are,” she said. President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the parents of the migrants need to know that “it is unlikely that their children will be able to stay.”

O’Malley went so far as to call the children “refugees,” a term with legal weight that would allow most of them to remain in the U.S. He called on Congress and the President to avoid modifying the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. That measure requires that children who are not from Canada or Mexico who have crossed the border to be given an opportunity to see an immigration judge to make their case for amnesty. Lawmakers on both sides, as well as the White House, are reviewing ways to amend that law to ease deportations of the tens of thousands of migrant children, who are largely from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

O’Malley said “the whole world is watching” how the U.S. responds to the humanitarian crisis.

“We have to do right not just by these kids but by our kids and protect the children who are here, put them in the least restrictive settings, get them out of these detention centers and these kennels where they are being cooped up, and operate as the good and generous people that we have always been,” he added. “That’s what’s at stake here, as well as the lives of these kids.”

read: http://time.com/2978026/martin-omalley-minors-immigration/


CASA Applauds Gov O’Malley’s Unwaveringly Moral Response to the Humanitarian Crisis on the Border

statement released by CASA (MD. Immigrants Rights Org.) Executive Director, Gustavo Torres:

“I applaud Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley for stressing that children fleeing violence and abandonment in Central America should be treated as children that deserve our support. In stark contrast to other public figures that have called for their quick deportation, Governor O’Malley has urged that arriving migrant children receive fair, humane treatment and, above all, a fair legal review of whether they should be allowed to stay. We have heard from our colleagues across the country that they are relieved to hear the Governor become an indispensable voice for the immigrant community. We have let these colleagues know that this is hardly the first time the Governor has served as a hero for immigrant communities. Across his governorship, he has been a true friend of New Marylanders and addressing the abominable treatment of children at the border is only the most recent example of his leadership.

Like the Governor, CASA believes that as an American society we must ensure the protection and humane treatment of the children arriving at the border. We hope that most children are immediately reunited with family members inside the United States. We also believe that Maryland and Virginia need to do our part to provide opportunities to house children in facilities where they can receive adequate counseling, education, and legal services. Governor O’Malley is working with federal officials to find an appropriate Maryland location as quickly as possible. We agree with him that Westminster would have been a mistake. We have now seen two locations in our region – Lawrenceville, VA and Westminster, MD – respond with virulent racism at the thought of children joining their communities. We don’t believe that humane treatment of children includes their relocation to hostile, anti-immigrant communities. Between our two states there are a plethora of communities that would treat the children with the love they deserve. We urge the federal government to confer with local leaders and organizations to provide insight and historical perspective about these sites before moving forward.”

CASA de Maryland and CASA de Virginia are their state’s largest immigrant rights organizations. Our almost 60,000 members work with CASA to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in low-income immigrant communities.


CASA de Maryland, supported O'Malley's decision to question the Carroll County site (a position distorted and mischaracterized by CNN, Politico, and by WH leaks to selected news orgs.).

"When we heard about the proposed Westminster site, our immediate thought was that the only place in Maryland less hospitable to children fleeing violence in Central America would be inside the Frederick County Sheriff's Department building," said Kimberly Propeack, an attorney with the group.

"We think he is right to question why the administration would propose the most anti-immigrant locations rather than the many other parts of the state where children will be sheltered and loved," she said.

Lis Smith ‏@Lis_Smith (July 2014)
Good look at what @GovernorOMalley is doing to find housing for #borderchildren http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/maryland-solicits-foster-parents-for-migrant-youths-as-omalley-meets-with-faith-leaders/2014/07/28/6a489d5a-1672-11e4-9e3b-7f2f110c6265_story.html

The state of Maryland stepped up its efforts Monday to recruit foster parents and solicit other assistance from the public to help with the flood of unaccompanied migrant children coming into the country from Central America.

An appeal for help was posted on the state Web site as Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) met in Annapolis with a group of religious leaders for the second time in as many weeks to talk about ways to assist the federal government with the crisis.

O’Malley administration officials also indicated they had passed along several potential temporary housing sites to the federal government and that Montgomery County was among the possibilities for hosting a facility.

The action came as O’Malley has continued to speak out on the issue, urging the Obama administration to show compassion and resist sending the children back to dangerous situations in their home countries.

During a political stop in Nebraska on Saturday night, O’Malley, who is weighing a 2016 White House bid, told a Democratic dinner audience that he believes “in American generosity and the compassion of our people.”

“We do not turn our back on innocent children who arrive at our doorstep fleeing death,” he said.

read: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/maryland-solicits-foster-parents-for-migrant-youths-as-omalley-meets-with-faith-leaders/2014/07/28/6a489d5a-1672-11e4-9e3b-7f2f110c6265_story.html


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports more than 2,000 children have been relocated to Maryland in the first six months of this year.

Martin O'Malley ‏@GovernorOMalley
The greatest power we have is power of our principles. We're not a country that should send children away & send them back to certain death

*listen*: https://soundcloud.com/americarising/martin-omalley-we-are-not-a-country-that-should-turn-children-away

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bigtree May 2015 OP
Autumn May 2015 #1
Stellar May 2015 #2
bigtree May 2015 #3
Stellar May 2015 #9
WorseBeforeBetter May 2015 #7
FSogol May 2015 #4
bigtree May 2015 #5
askew May 2015 #6
Hekate May 2015 #8
bigtree May 2015 #10

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Wed May 6, 2015, 09:02 AM

1. I've been reading up on him and I admire his stand on this.

Recommended and thanks for posting this.

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Wed May 6, 2015, 09:09 AM

2. It's good he cares about those children...

and I'm sure the Hispanic population will take note. But he's going to have some issues with the AA population...

O’Malley, reports the Washington Post, waded into a crowd near a CVS pharmacy that was destroyed and looted Monday night. The former governor, who is preparing to launch a White House bid, was confronted by two men on motorcycles who shouted expletives and blamed the recent violence in the city on O’Malley’s tough-on-crime policies from 1999 to 2007. “This is his fault!” screamed one man as O’Malley moved down the street.


The Baltimore City Police force arrested over 100,000 per year, mainly black males, on “quality of life” crimes. 1 out of 6 citizens in Baltimore City were arrested, again, mainly African American men for such ridiculous charges as “sitting on a stoop and littering a candy wrapper.” Now this had another benefit for Mayor O’Malley. Because the State-run Central Booking couldn’t keep up with the non-stop arrests being conducted by the City Police, then Governor Bob Ehrlich was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union, and ironically the City of Baltimore joined the suit against the State. Martin O’Malley’s own father-in-law, then Attorney General Joe Curran, even said that the City needed to step up and be a part of the solution and not the problem.


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Response to Stellar (Reply #2)

Wed May 6, 2015, 02:14 PM

3. different issue


...for a different thread.

Equating the two is ridiculous.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #3)

Thu May 7, 2015, 08:14 AM

9. OK, got'cha...

just good things about O'Malley, right? Sorry.

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Response to Stellar (Reply #2)

Wed May 6, 2015, 11:39 PM

7. Wasn't the motorcycle heckler a right-wing developer? (n/t)

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Wed May 6, 2015, 02:17 PM

4. K & R. n/t

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Wed May 6, 2015, 03:41 PM

5. »


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Wed May 6, 2015, 11:35 PM

6. His standing up for refugee children is when I first started paying attention to him.

That he followed his rhetoric with action is when I decided I'd be backing him for president. Passion, conviction followed by action pretty much makes my dream candidate. I just hope he isn't getting in too late after Sanders takes the left's attention and money. It's going to be hard to raise money and get top-notch staff starting this late and when Clinton has sucked up so much resources.

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Thu May 7, 2015, 01:08 AM

8. Hillary was working on behalf of children's rights from the beginning of her career as a lawyer....

I distinctly remember the Right Wing making a stink about that when Hillary's husband first ran for POTUS.

I remember that, don't you?

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Response to Hekate (Reply #8)

Thu May 7, 2015, 08:36 AM

10. when she was in a position to make a difference as a public official


...in the State Dept,. no less, she took a stance, agreeing with Pres. Obama, that children fleeing repression and violence in their home countries should be sent back into those deplorable situations.

Gov. O'Malley's stance and actions in his state were in sharp contrast to Hillary's past positions on other immigration issues...


When asked what to do with the influx of Latin American migrant children through the southern U.S. border last year, Clinton said that the kids “should be sent back” and that the U.S. should send “a clear message.” She said, “just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay.” DREAMers, or undocumented immigrants who came to the country as youths, said last October that Clinton copped out from answering questions about whether she would push the President to grant administrative deportation relief for undocumented immigrants.

Clinton took a markedly different position on driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants during her 2007 presidential campaign. Clinton, then New York senator, waffled when asked about a New York state proposal to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, stating that the plan “makes a lot of sense,” but that she didn’t think it was the best thing for a governor to do.

Two weeks later, she issued a clear statement, saying, “As president, I will not support driver’s licenses for undocumented people and will press for comprehensive immigration reform that deals with all of the issues around illegal immigration, including border security and fixing our broken system.”

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