Gov. Hogan opposes state 'sanctuary bill'

Posted at 9:28 AM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 09:29:32-04

The Maryland House of Delegates approved a revised bill aimed at interfering with how law enforcement cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Tuesday morning, Gov. Larry Hogan released a statement in response to the Maryland Law Enforcement and Trust Act.

“The Maryland House of Delegates tonight passed an outrageously irresponsible bill that will make Maryland a sanctuary state and endanger our citizens," said Hogan. "This legislation would interfere with our state and local law enforcement's ability to cooperate with federal law enforcement authorities.

"I will veto this dangerously misguided legislation the moment that it reaches my desk.”

The bill will now move on to the Maryland Senate.

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The house's vote follows a push from President Donald Trump for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to strictly enforce immigration policy.

On Monday, Baltimore City adopted a resolution that asks ICA officials to work with undocumented immigrants in a way that fosters communication. 

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The resolution also requests that ICE use humane immigration enforcement to make Baltimore a more welcoming city.

Hogan would not be the only elected official to veto a sanctuary bill. 

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman vetoed a sanctuary bill in February.

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