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Legislature Passes Immigrants’ Rights Bill; Hogan Veto Expected

April 13, 2021

Following heated debate, the General Assembly passed major immigrants’ rights legislation Monday night. Sponsored by Del. Vaughn Stewart (D-Montgomery), the Dignity Not Detention Act’s original intent was to prohibit Maryland jurisdictions from contracting with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain undocumented people in their local jails. But the bill was amended to include portions of the TRUST Act, which would provide even greater protections for immigrants. “Thousands of immigrant families celebrate the passage of these major immigrant victories in this Maryland General Assembly,” Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA, said in a statement. “Elected leaders understood their responsibility to build trust between the community, law enforcement, and government.”

Article Source: Maryland Matters

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