A vandal painted the words "No illeagles here," on a Carroll County building that had been under consideration as a temporary shelter for undocumented immigrant children.
"No undocumented Democrats," continued the message painted on Westminster's former Army Reserve Center.
While the graffiti provoked online banter about sick birds of prey, the Maryland State Police took the incident seriously.
The Carroll County Times reports that the state police are investigating the graffiti as a hate crime due to its ethnic implications.
The Obama administration had been considering the 3.8-acre site as a potential shelter to house some of the influx Central American children who have been illegally crossing the border in recent months.
Following pushback from county commissioners and Rep. Andy Harris, the administration decided late last week that the site was not suitable.
So far the State Police have not identified any suspects or witnesses.
The commander of the Westminster barracks told the paper he "wouldn't be surprised if someone starts bragging about it."