First “sanctuary state” legislation passes initial hurdle


The first shot across the bow to have a sanctuary state was fired on Tuesday when a bill was easily approved 83-55 in the Democratic-controlled House of Delegates in Maryland.

If eventually made law, this would prohibit both local and state police officers from taking any action against someone suspected of being an illegal immigrant, as well as not honoring any “detainer” requests from the federal authorities.

This is only the first hurdle that this measure would have to clear in order to be passed. The state Senate in Annapolis – also majority Democrat – has to still consider the bill and even if it did get by them, Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland, issued a statement promising to veto it.

“This legislation would interfere with our state and local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal law enforcement authorities,” Hogan said in the statement.


According to the supporters of the proposal, gaining and maintaining the trust of the immigrant communities in the police who patrol their neighborhoods is paramount.

The legislation also mentioned a requirement of the state attorney general to issue guidelines to limit immigration enforcement in public schools, hospitals and court houses, as well as limiting state funds to create a registry based on immigration status, nationality, religion or ethnic origin.

Maryland becomes the first state to attempt to emulate the same actions that ‘sanctuary cities’ have done, ones such as Chicago, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles Seattle, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

Back in January, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to withhold federal funds from local governments that did not cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

H/T: Huffington Post

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