'No illeagles' graffiti investigated as hate crime by Maryland State Police

Graffiti on a building proposed as housing for immigrant children in Westminster, Md. (Photo by Christian Alexandersen from the Carroll County Times and Baltimore Sun Media Group)

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - The Maryland State Police are investigating as a hate crime graffiti on a former military building proposed as housing for immigrant children in Westminster.


Someone spray-painted the former Army Reserve Center with this message: "NO ILLEAGLES HERE NO UNDOCUMENTED DEMOCRATS."

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services considered using the center for children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, but have now told local officials that they had dropped the idea.

Lt. Patrick McCrory, commander of the state police's Westminster barrack, said that police don't have suspects or witnesses. He said police may get leads from someone who starts bragging about what happened.

Hate crimes are a misdemeanor punishable by up to three years in a prison and a $5,000 fine.