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Howard County Council seeks 'sanctuary' status ahead of Trump presidency

Howard County Council seeks 'sanctuary' status ahead of Trump presidency

In a direct response to what they say are "dangerous sentiments" bolstered by the election of President-elect Donald Trump, local lawmakers are seeking to make Howard County a sanctuary jurisdiction, a status that bars county employees, including police, from voluntarily cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

Proposed by council members Calvin Ball and Jen Terrasa, both Democrats, the designation limits county employees' enforcement of immigration laws, bars inquiries into citizenship and prohibits discrimination. The measure does not change the police's ability to investigate or arrest people who violate criminal law, among other exceptions.

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