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Immigrant fear continues

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Local children apparently afraid while at school parents will be deported

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Anxious calls of concern are coming into both the Montgomery School District’s main offices and individual schools as parents work to deal with their fears about whether they or their children might be deported due to their immigration status.

“Parents are concerned,” said Montgomery County Public School District Spokesman Derek Turner. “We’ve heard from up-county, and we’ve heard from down-county,” he said, explaining that the calls aren’t just coming from a few isolated areas.

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“They put me in handcuffs”

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Part 2 of an ongoing series on the stories of the immigrant population of Montgomery County

 

Jean Valjean (not his real name) is a Montgomery County resident who has lived in the United States for nearly a quarter-century, speaks English fluently and owns a successful clothing business, and until August 2013, he was an undocumented immigrant.

Valjean was born in Abidjan, the largest city in the Francophonic West African nation of Ivory Coast, but says he has few memories the land of his birth, which he left in 1993 when he was 6 years old.

“My grandfather ran a very successful bakery, and my mother was his favorite child,” Valjean said. “He planned to leave everything to her, but my mother’s siblings conspired to kill her and us, so she raised all the money she could to bring us to the United States as lawful visa holders."

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County will ignore the Fed

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ROCKVILLE – Joining cities such as Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, County Executive Ike Leggett (D) said Montgomery County will not participate in enforcing immigration laws even if it means losing funding from the federal government.

Leggett spoke at a press conference at the County Council Building Tuesday where he and all nine members of the council condemned recent acts of vandalism including “TRUMP NATION, WHITES ONLY,” being written on the side of the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Silver Spring.

About a week after the election of Donald Trump, there has been debate about what Trump will do about illegal immigration and undocumented workers in the country.

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Undocumented immigrants negotiating broken system

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WASHINGTON--Yves Gomes was not born in the United States, but has known no other country.

A 23-year-old Montgomery County resident, Gomes is one of millions of undocumented people in the United States who could potentially be affected by the United State Supreme Court’s decision in Texas v. United States.

Gomes, who has been in the U.S. since he was an infant, faces deportation if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to overturn President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

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Deportation raids spread fear through Hispanic communities

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Recent reports from Casa de Maryland confirmed 15 deportation raids throughout Langley Park, Baltimore County and Sterling, Virginia, within a period of six days. One occurred in Montgomery County. Eleven undocumented immigrants have been detained so far.

Lead field organizer at immigration advocacy organization Casa de Maryland Ricardo Campos said that activity from Immigration Customs Enforcement is expected to have a heavy impact in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas.

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