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Allan H. Kittleman

Proposal to make Howard a 'sanctuary' stirs confusion, controversy in teaser of future immigration debate

Proposal to make Howard a 'sanctuary' stirs confusion, controversy in teaser of future immigration debate

In a teaser of what could be a divisive immigration debate in Howard County, residents mistakenly trickled in at the Howard County Council's monthly voting session Tuesday night to stake positions on a controversial bill that would designate the county as a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants in response to the election of President-elected Donald Trump.

The proposal, which is gaining regional and national traction, is already ginning up controversy and confusion in the county — even though it was only introduced Tuesday night. The council will officially take testimony on the bill on Jan. 17.

Council members Calvin Ball and Jen Terrasa, both Democrats, proposed the...

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