Minority lawmakers unite around Md. bill to protect undocumented immigrants

February 14 at 9:51 AM

Maryland’s three minority-based legislative caucuses have begun what they say is their first-ever joint effort to push for a new law, urging passage of a bill that would limit the state’s cooperation with deportation authorities.Members of the Latino, black, and Asian American and Pacific Islander caucuses gathered in Annapolis on Monday to support the Trust Act, which aligns with “sanctuary” policies that cities and counties throughout the country have adopted in recent years.

“If ever there was a time to stand for something, to stand firmly and believe in it and fight for it and leave it all out there, this is the policy,” said Del. Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk (D-Prince George’s), who chairs the Latino caucus.

The legislation would bar police and sheriff’s departments from complying with federal requests to hold undocumented immigrants longer than required under local guidelines; prohibit local authorities from arresting individuals for immigration purposes; and try to restrict federal agencies from removing people from schools, hospitals or courthouses.


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