Maryland won’t turn into a lawless “sanctuary state.” At least for now.
Lawmakers withdrew a bill on Monday that had sought to make Maryland a sanctuary state that would openly obstruct federal immigration law by not cooperating with immigration authorities.
The bill would have barred police from asking a person’s immigration status during a traffic stop. It also would have blocked local jail officials from detaining illegal aliens past their release dates under requests by federal immigration authorities, the Washington Times reported.
The bill was pulled after Maryland governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, had vowed to veto it if it came across his desk.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) April 11, 2017
The move came amid public outcry after a 14-year-old girl was raped and sodomized by two illegal immigrants (ages 17 and 18) in the bathroom of Rockville High School last month.
School superintendent Jack R. Smith responded by sending stern emails to furious parents, warning them that he will have them arrested if they send “racist, xenophobic calls and emails” to his office.
Last month, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired a warning shot to sanctuary cities around the country, saying lawless mayors and governors must stop harboring illegal aliens who commit felonies.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 29, 2017
Sessions said sanctuary cities risk losing billions of dollars in federal aid if they continue to defy immigration laws. This year, the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs will award some $4.1 billion in federal grants.
Shockingly, there are more than 200 sanctuary cities in the United States that ignore federal law by refusing to prosecute illegal aliens or report them to immigration services. A recent Department of Homeland Security report showed that more than 200 criminal suspects were released in sanctuary cities despite federal detainers.
Sessions said the tragic death of Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old woman who was gunned down by illegal alien Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez in San Francisco, could have been prevented.
Lopez-Sanchez — an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had previously been deported from the United States five times — told officials he specifically returned to San Francisco because it was a sanctuary city.
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