Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley, doubling down on his effort to fold 12 million illegal immigrants into American society, on Wednesday said he is concerned about the safety of illegals forced "into the shadows of our society" by immigration laws.

Without mentioning the alleged illegal immigrant murder of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco or a new Immigrations and Customs Enforcement report on a "sanctuary city" crime wave, O'Malley's latest note calls for sweeping new freedoms for illegals, who his campaign calls "new Americans" in an email.

"Across the country New Americans are leaving their homes unsure if they'll return safely -- wondering if, as they hug their children goodbye, that embrace will be their last. All due to a criminally broken immigration system that forces immigrant families into the shadows of our society," said O'Malley's fundraiser signed by his "director of public engagement."

"This is unacceptable," it added.

What's more, the former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor wants health care and deportation forgiveness for illegals.

Steinle earlier this month was gunned down on popular Pier 14 in San Francisco. The police allege that an illegal immigrant, deported five times and wanted by ICE, was the shooter.

San Francisco is a "sanctuary city" that ignores ICE requests that illegals in jail be detained for consideration for deportation. A new ICE report said there are 276 sanctuary cities and counties in 43 states.

O'Malley has defended sanctuary cities and called for a hands-off immigration policy.

His six demands:

-- Provide Deferred Action to the greatest possible number of Americans.

-- Grant broad waivers to the 3/10 year ban.

-- Expand access to naturalization for new Americans.

-- Expand access to health care for new Americans.

-- End the detention of non-dangerous immigrants and their families.

-- Create an independent agency to set U.S. immigration policy.

"We cannot allow even one more family to be torn apart under our current immigration policies," said his campaign.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at