Baltimore: Her car broke down, then ICE detained her. Maryland advocates hope new bill will limit similar scenarios

As Nora drove to work one cold January morning, smoke began billowing from the engine.

In minutes, flames engulfed the car, putting the Baltimore resident into a panic, as described by her daughter. Nora pleaded with a tow truck driver not to call the police for fear of alerting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but Maryland Transportation Authority Police did show up that day.

Now, she’s in the Worcester County Detention Center awaiting deportation to El Salvador — but hoping she can return to her Southwest Baltimore home with her three kids.

Nora, who has an asylum case pending, is one of many immigrants prompting advocates to push for statewide legislation that would limit the role Maryland authorities have in enforcing federal immigration laws, citing a danger to public safety and a violation of constitutional rights.