Maryland Governor Vetoes Bill Making Maryland a Sanctuary State

By Melanie Arter | May 27, 2021 | 4:42pm EDT
Migrants from Guatemala are escorted by US Border Patrol agents after they turned themselves over to authorities at the US-Mexico border May 12, 2021 in Yuma, Arizona. (Photo by RINGO CHIU/AFP via Getty Images)
Migrants from Guatemala are escorted by US Border Patrol agents after they turned themselves over to authorities at the US-Mexico border May 12, 2021 in Yuma, Arizona. (Photo by RINGO CHIU/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that he has vetoed a bill that would make Maryland a sanctuary state.

“As promised, I have vetoed sanctuary state legislation that would hinder local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal law enforcement,” Hogan tweeted. He also asked for people to sign a petition telling the state legislature to uphold his veto.

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“Local law enforcement should fully cooperate with federal law enforcement—a principle I have consistently upheld throughout three federal administrations led by presidents from both political parties. Flawed legislation such as this sets a dangerous precedent regarding the state’s commitment to upholding the law and ensuring the safety of our citizens,” Hogan said in the petition.

“As governor, I believe in creating an inclusive and diverse Maryland, which is why our administration has consistently welcomed refugees who the federal government has determined are properly and legally seeking refugee status and have been adequately vetted. By promoting diversity and inclusion for all while upholding our commitment to public safety, Maryland’s approach is consistent with both our laws and our values,” he said.

The legislation in question – HB 16 – “would impede local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with federal law enforcement,” according to a press release on the governor’s website.

The summary of the bill states:

Prohibiting the State or any local jurisdiction from entering into agreements facilitating immigration-related detention by private entities; prohibiting governmental entities from entering into certain agreements to house immigration-related detainees; prohibiting a law enforcement agent from performing certain act, subject to certain exceptions; requiring governmental entities to terminate existing contracts for the detention of immigration-related detainees by October 1, 2022; etc.

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