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Annapolis considering expanding protection for foreign born residents

Posted at 10:01 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-25 16:36:21-05

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story mistakenly identified the legislation under consideration as making Annapolis a sanctuary city. This is not the design of the bill. The story below has been updated to reflect the correct information.

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Annapolis City is now considering a bill that would expand the protections of those who weren't born in the United States.

The city attorney has gone on record saying these protections already exist in the constitution under the 14th amendment.

The city council held a public hearing on Monday to find out what people think.

"I think there are a lot of people out here in support of this," said Carlo Sanchez, a Maryland State Delegate from Prince George's County. "I think on the council, it's probably a little bit closer than that, but with such support from the city, I think it's going to be difficult for the council to vote against this ordinance."

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The bill stops short of making Annapolis a sanctuary city. The proposed legislation would not limit Annapolis from cooperating with federal enforcement.

"The reason these conversations have become much more impactful is really because of the national discourse that we're having right now, which our president has come out and made comments about people who are immigrants in this country," Sanchez said. "So it's an opportunity for cities and states to be able to stand up and say, you know what that may be the belief of our president, but it's not our belief, and we're going to stand up and protect anyone who lives within our borders." 

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