Immigration advocacy groups to rally Monday as deportation defense funding proposal may fall through

Several immigrant advocacy groups are scheduled to rally at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office in Rockville to protest a plan to add a number of criminal convictions to the list of exclusions that would bar a resident from receiving deportation legal aid financed by county funds. The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, which was in line to receive about $374,000 in county funds to provide deportation defense under a County Council proposal, withdrew its request for the money over the weekend because of the inclusion of the additional exclusions, according to Joanna Silver, coordinator of the Montgomery County Deportation Defense Coalition.

The immigrants’ coalition estimates the exclusions would reduce the number of people who could receive legal aid by about 70 percent, according to the  Defense Coalition.

The advocacy groups are blaming State’s Attorney John McCarthy for the changes and wrote in the Facebook post that McCarthy “declared by fiat his requirements” and “accepted almost none of the CAIR Coalition’s multiple attempts to compromise.” McCarthy was concerned the funds could be used to prevent dangerous criminals from being deported.

During a recent public hearing, several residents criticized the council for even considering funding the legal aid request. They mostly said the county shouldn’t be providing money to help individuals who may have broken federal law by entering the country illegally.

The council was scheduled to vote on providing the legal funding at its meeting Tuesday morning.

County Council to continue work on stormwater management program

The County Council on Tuesday will once again consider changes to the county’s stormwater management program after County Executive Ike Leggett threatened a veto of its plan to maintain the current system of awarding contracts for projects.

The council previously approved keeping the current system, which requires the hiring of different contractors to design, build and maintain each project, in a 5-4 straw vote last week. However, Leggett has proposed using a quasi-public-private partnership in which one contractor would be hired to handle designing, building and maintaining several projects. The county is mandated by the state to treat runoff from a specific number of acres of impervious surface. Leggett has described the one-contractor method as a more efficient way to stem rising capital costs in the environmental program. The council is scheduled to discuss the program around 2:10 p.m.

Council President Hans Riemer told Bethesda Beat on Friday that he’s trying to work out a compromise method for awarding contracts in order to achieve a 6-3 council vote that would create the supermajority necessary to override a Leggett veto.

Two county executive forums scheduled this week

Candidates running for Montgomery County executive are scheduled to meet at two forums this week. The first one is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Holiday Park Senior Center at 3950 Ferrara Drive in Wheaton. It’s sponsored by the Glenmont Forest Neighbors Civic Association and is expected to include all seven candidates—Democrats Marc Elrich, David Blair, Roger Berliner, George Leventhal, Bill Frick and Rose Krasnow as well as Republican Robin Ficker.

Nonprofit Montgomery is also scheduled to host a forum for the candidates from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Interfaith Works Clothing Center, 751 Twinbrook Parkway, Rockville.

Summery week expected

There’s a lot less rain expected this week compared to the past seven days, according to the National Weather Service. Monday should be mostly sunny with a high near 80 and a chance of showers at night into Tuesday morning. Morning and afternoon showers are possible Tuesday morning when a high near 70 is predicted. There’s a slight chance of showers Wednesday morning and then sunny days are predicted until Saturday, according to the weather service. High temperatures for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday are expected to be in the low-80s. Nighttime lows all week are predicted to drop into the mid-60s.