Maryland state police are investigating as a hate crime graffiti that protested illegal immigration on the wall of a former Army Reserve Center that was mulled for use as a shelter for unaccompanied alien children.
“No illeagles [sic] here. No undocumented Democrats,” the graffiti said in capital letters, according to the Carroll County Times.
Lt. Patrick McCrory, commander of the state police Westminster barracks, said the message likely went up Saturday night or early Sunday. He said he considered the message to be a hate crime.
“This is definitely a racial, religious, ethnic incident,” he told the paper.
Police do not yet have any suspects or witnesses, Mr. McCrory said.
Hate crimes are a misdemeanor punishable by up to three years in a prison and a $5,000 fine.
The Obama administration had been considering the Westminster building as a potential shelter for Central American children who have been illegally crossing the border in recent months, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Following pushback from county commissioners and the community, the administration decided last week not to use the facility.
Gov. Martin O’Malley said last week that he opposed deporting the children.
“It is contrary to everything we stand for as a people to try to summarily send children back to death . . . in a place where drug gangs are the greatest threat to stability, rule of law and democratic institutions in this hemisphere,” he said at a meeting of the National Governors Association in Nashville, The Washington Post reported.