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Can Catherine Pugh really serve two masters?

Balitmore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Commissioner Kevin Davis address recent issues surrounding crime in the city and their plan to fight it. (Baltimore Sun video)

Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh has asked President Donald Trump for federal financial aid ("Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to attend Donald Trump's inauguration," Jan. 18).

Ms. Pugh said she was "seeking a partnership" with the Trump administration and identified Port Covington, the Howard Street tunnel, the city's water infrastructure and broadband infrastructure as areas in need of federal investment.

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But Mr. Trump has announced that he intends to withhold federal funds from so-called "sanctuary" cities and jurisdictions, while the mayor has said she wants immigrants to feel "welcome" in Baltimore. She also said that, as a matter of policy, Baltimore police officers don't ask about the immigration status of people they encounter.

The same goes for anyone seeking city services — no questions asked, no one gets turned away, Ms. Pugh said.

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Maybe The Sun or the mayor can explain to me how that doesn't lead to the assumption that Baltimore actually is a sanctuary city. Sounds like the mayor is trying to play both ends against the middle, keeping undocumented immigrants and Casa de Maryland happy while not giving the president an excuse to cut federal funding for the city.

Craig Garfield, Ellicott City

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