Maryland police are investigating the anti-immigrant graffiti sprayed onto a building that was mooted as a shelter for unaccompanied immigrant children, according to the Washington Post.
The graffiti is being treated as a hate crime, according to Lt. Patrick McCrory, who commands the Westminster branch of Maryland State Police. "This is definitely a racial, religious, ethnic incident," he said.
The graffiti, pictured above, reads "No illeagles here. No undocumented Democrats."
The building in Westminster in fact won't house any immigrants, but it was at one time considered as a shelter, which sparked local protests.
The graffiti reflects the intense national conflict over the influx of undocumented children, as Washington Post reporter Mary Pat Flaherty notes:
Maryland isn't in the running to house any of the recent unaccompanied immigrant kids, but the state's Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley is sympathetic to their plight and has said he opposes making them leave the US.
Via the Washington Post.