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Kamenetz says Harris inflamed and scared people needlessly

(Towson) – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz sent a letter to Congressman Andy Harris this afternoon responding to the Congressman’s threat to cut federal funding to Baltimore County.

The text of the letter is below:

Dear Representative Harris,

I am in receipt of your November 29, 2016 correspondence castigating my support of the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as promulgated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.  I find it disturbing that a Member of Congress would publicly suggest to a local government leader that adherence to a federal program endorsed by the President of the United States somehow "represents a potential dereliction of duty" on my part.  

DACA protects the status of college students who entered this country as children, allowing them to further their education.   Our efforts in Baltimore County uphold current federal policy, not defy it.   My support of prominent presidents of Maryland’s colleges and the DACA students and their families is also the right thing to do, consistent with the precepts of a nation of immigrants that prioritize values of education and hard work. 

In addition, my support is fully consistent with Maryland law that provides in-state tuition to undocumented students, often referred to as “Dreamers.” As you well know, Maryland voters overwhelmingly ratified the Dream Act in 2012. 

These young people came to the United States as children. They are American in every way. These young people are not criminals. They are hard-working college students pursuing the American Dream. The diversity in our county, in our state, and in our nation is our strength and not our weakness.

Finally, your suggestion that you would seek to cut off federal funding to Baltimore County for enforcing federal policy and state law is astounding. To threaten funding for education, senior citizens, social services, homeless programs, and housing initiatives is unconscionable.

Your letter has further inflamed, and frankly, scared people needlessly. 

Very truly yours,

Kevin Kamenetz

Baltimore County Executive

C:        Dr. Jose Antonio Bowen

             Dr. Robert Caret

             Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

              Dr. Sandra L. Kurtinitis

              Dr. Kevin Manning

              Dr. Kim Schatzel



County Executive also calls on Governor Hogan to protect Maryland college students

(Towson) – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz pledged to support the efforts of the five colleges located in Baltimore County to protect the status of students who first arrived in this country as undocumented children.  In a letter sent to the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland as well as the presidents of the Community College of Baltimore County, Goucher College, Stevenson University, Towson University, and UMBC, Kamenetz indicated that county police would not participate in any efforts to identify otherwise law-abiding students and subject them to deportation by federal authorities.  

Several Maryland university officials recently announced efforts to protect undocumented students from deportation. "These students were children when they arrived in this country," said Kamenetz. "They were raised here and have no identification with their native country. They should be allowed to continue with their education and pursue a path to citizenship, without police harassment."

Kamenetz also called on Governor Hogan to extend similar protection to students in all of Maryland’s college campuses.  “It is unconscionable that students on our college campuses would have to live in fear that they may deported at any moment,” said Kamenetz. “Governor Hogan needs to do more than tell Marylanders to take a deep breath.”

The text of the County Executive’s letter is below:

Dear Dr. Bowen, Dr. Caret, Dr. Hrabowski, Dr. Kurtinitis, Dr. Manning, and Dr. Schatzel,

As the County Executive of a county that is home to five colleges and universities, I strongly support your efforts to protect undocumented students from deportation in the wake of the recent presidential election. 

It is imperative that our nation’s leaders protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program instituted by President Obama in 2012, allowing students to pursue their education without fear.I am urging members of Maryland’s congressional delegation and our State leaders to oppose any effort by incoming President Trump to rescind the DACA program.   I have also advised Chief Johnson that the Baltimore County Police Department should not participate in any effort to identify otherwise law-abiding students from our college campuses that would  subject them to deportation by federal authorities. This letter is also copied to Governor Hogan seeking his support in this effort as well. 

Thank you for taking all necessary steps to make your students feel safe and secure.

Very truly yours,

Kevin Kamenetz

Baltimore County Executive



C:        Honorable Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr.

            Honorable Barbara Mikulski   

            Honorable Ben Cardin

            Honorable Andy Harris      

            Honorable Dutch Ruppersberger

            Honorable John Sarbanes

            Honorable Donna Edwards

            Honorable Steny Hoyer

            Honorable John Delaney

            Honorable Elijah Cummings

           Honorable Chris Van Hollen

            Honorable Mike Miller           

Honorable Mike Busch

Kamenetz challenges Baker to bet for Sunday’s “Battle of the Beltway”

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz is predicting that the Ravens will handle the Redskins with ease this weekend and has challenged Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker to a bet, putting up a case of Baltimore County’s own, DuClaw Pumpkin Spiced Lager. County Executive Baker is offering up a selection of seasonal ales from Calvert Brewing Company of Upper Marlboro.

Both Executives expressed confidence in their teams.

“There is no doubt in my mind that I will be collecting this bet,” said Kamenetz. “The Ravens may play in the City on Sundays, but the rest of the week, and the rest of the year, they call Baltimore County home. We love our ‘Baltimore County Ravens,’ and there will be no Hail to the Redskins this week.”

“This weekend, the state’s two professional football teams will compete in a ‘Battle of the Beltways,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.   “As the County Executive of Prince George’s County, home to FedEx Field and the Washington Redskins, I am confident that I will be asking County Executive Kamenetz, ‘You like that?’ after the Redskins prevail this Sunday.”  


Revised September 26, 2016