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Frosh Comments on Handling Sanctuary Jurisdiction in State

May 12th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

As so-called sanctuary cities have come under increased criticism from the Trump administration over their decision to limit cooperation with federal agencies on immigration enforcement, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh recently issued an opinion suggesting that sanctuary jurisdictions in his state can stand their ground. In a 27-page legal memo on the rights and responsibilities of the state’s jurisdictions when it comes to immigration, the state’s chief law enforcement official, a Democrat, raised a number of concerns about legal repercussions for jurisdictions that cooperate with the administration and doubts about the administration’s ability to enact reprisals against those that don’t. He argued that Maryland law enforcement officials cannot legally comply with so-called “detainer requests” from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for local jurisdictions to refuse to release persons arrested for other crimes if they are in the country illegally…

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