The Congregation Action Network advocates at federal, state and local levels of government for policies that support our mission. Please see below for current opportunities to advocate for our moral priorities.
Congress and @POTUS must keep their promise; this is the year to deliver on immigration!
El Congreso y @POTUS deben cumplir su promesa; ¡este es el año para cumplir con la inmigración!
The Congregation Action Network advocated in support of two bills in the Maryland General Assembly during the 2022 session.
Senate Bill 265, Probation Before Judgment – Probation Agreements – Probation Not Deportation, will amend Maryland’s Probation Before Judgment (PBJ) statute so that all Maryland residents, regardless of their immigration status, have access to the benefit of probation.
House Bill 114, Access to Counsel in Immigration Proceedings Program, would provide legal representation for Maryland residents facing detention or deportation in immigration court.
Both bills would do much to help our immigrant neigbhors in Maryland stay with their families and out of detention or risk of depotration.
Unfortnately, neither bill became law. Senate Bill 265 passed out of the second chamber committee, Senate Judicial Proceedings, on the last day of session, but did not get a vote on the Senate floor before the session ended at midnight on April 11. We will join our partners to get this bill passed into law next year.
House Bill 114 did not get a vote in committee in either the House or the Senate. There was opposition to state funds possibly going to out-of-state immigration attorneys defending Maryland residents detained outside Maryland, and unfortunately representation of non-citizen Maryland residents facing detention and deportation was just not a priority for state legislators this year.
Thank you for your support! We will not give up!