Delegate Szeliga Presents Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2019
Joined by survivors of citizens killed by illegal immigrants, Delegate Kathy Szeliga presented the Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2019 to the House Judiciary Committee.
Delegate Szeliga was joined by Angel Widow Marla Wolff and Angel Mother Arlene Cohen. Angel Families is a national organization of relatives of victims killed by illegal immigrants.
Marla’s husband, Carlos Wolff, was killed in a car accident on I-270 involving Garza Palacios. Palacios had a previous citation for negligent driving, was here illegally, and yet only was given a $280 citation for this accident involving two deaths. Marla is left a widow to raise and their two children. As they heal, Wolff said she plans to turn her attention to pushing lawmakers to tighten laws which could result in tougher penalties in cases such as Garza Palacios in the future.
“We don’t want anyone else to go through these horrific losses,” Wolff said.
Law enforcement officials supporting the legislation include Harford County Sheriff Gahler, Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, and Cecil County Sheriff Scott Adams.
“In practice, this legislation is an effective means to enhance local public safety in every Maryland jurisdiction,” said Sheriff Jenkins. “It simply prevents convicted criminals being released into the public to commit more crimes, which are often more serious and violent offenses against our law abiding citizens.”
“Common sense, polling, and law enforcement tell us that every law enforcement agency in Maryland should work with ICE when it comes to criminal illegal aliens.” Delegate Szeliga said. “Public safety is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it’s a people issue. We should stop increasing the number of Angel Families and keep our communities safe by passing HB 817.”