COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County Council has approved a controversial sanctuary county bill in a 3-2 vote. The bill will now go to County Executive Allan Kittleman. However, Kittleman has already said that he will veto any such bill.
“We are trying to find a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist,” he says.
Under the sanctuary bill, police could not ask about someone’s immigration status or work with federal agents to get information about it.
Decisions like this have drawn rebuke from President Trump. Just last week, President Trump signed an executive order that would withhold federal money from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions.
People rallied on both sides of the issue of whether or not Howard County will be a “Sanctuary County.”
Supporters believe that undocumented immigrants should not be fearful to go to the police and that they should feel like they are part of the community.
Opponents to the bill have been worried about the loss of federal funds and cooperating with federal law enforcement.