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Howard County's 'sanctuary' proponents meet Sunday

COLUMBIA, Md. (WBFF) -- Supporters of a Howard County "Sanctuary County" bill met Sunday night at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

Howard County Council is considering a bill to make the county a "sanctuary" for undocumented immigrants. It would prevent county employees and police from questioning a person's immigration status.

"There are people who want this to go forth, and our numbers show it. They weren't there at the council, because they were afraid. A lot of people are just afraid at these times," undocumented student Marie Cruz Perez said.

President Donald Trump Wednesday signed an executive order that would strip federal funding from "sanctuary cities" that do not comply with federal immigration laws. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez said he would comply with the executive order, unlike many of the country's major city majors.

"We're taking away any kind of excuse or any kind of reason as to why the federal government could withhold any federal aid to Miami-Dade County, which is millions and millions of dollars," Giménez said.

Howard County Councilwoman Jan Terrasa co-sponsored Council Bill No. 9 with Councilman Calvin Ball. Terrasa said she thinks Mr. Trump's executive order needs to be interpreted more by judges.

"I don't think we're risking that funding. We've looked at the executive order, and it's not clear anything we're doing here is any more than we're doing in our policy," Terrasa said.

To read the bill, click here.

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