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Howard residents speak out on second night of hearings on "sanctuary county" bill

Howard County residents turned out for a second round of debate Wednesday night as the county council considers a bill that would label Howard County as a "sanctuary" for undocumented immigrants (WBFF)

Howard County residents turned out for a second round of debate Wednesday night as the county council considers a bill that would label Howard County as a "sanctuary" for undocumented immigrants.

At issue, Council Bill-9. If approved, the bill would prevent county employees and police from questioning a person's immigration status and enforcing federal immigration laws. But state and federal laws would still take precedence.

Those for and against the bill spoke out. "Our county has a long history of dealing with our diversity, we love our diversity," said Lisa Feinberg who opposes the bill. "But, I believe the bill is simply political grandstanding to take a position that's not necessary," said Feinberg.

Supporters, like Barbara Christensen, said: "I think it protects the lives of children and hard working families that are trying to escape violence."

People packed the council chamber Tuesday night with more than 500 people attending. Only about 200 were at Wednesday's gathering. Still, passions ran deep.

A final vote on the bill is expected February 6.

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