(WTOP | Nick Iannelli) - Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich aims to put distance between Maryland’s larges county and federal immigration authorities by signing an executive order Monday.
Elrich said he wants to tell all county agencies that they are not allowed to ask people about their immigration status or cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“The Promoting Community Trust Executive Order aims to reaffirm current county policy and improve community security by ensuring that immigrant and otherwise vulnerable communities can engage with county departments,” Elrich’s office said in a statement.
Elrich will be joined by County Council President Nancy Navarro and other community leaders.
According to Montgomery County acting Police Chief Marcus Jones, the policy of not collaborating with ICE has already been in place.
“We have no direct contact with ICE about any immigration issues,” Jones said. “We’re not doing any operations with ICE in Montgomery County.”
Jones said if ICE seeks to deport someone who is in police custody, then ICE needs to track that person independently and deal with the situation without the police department’s assistance.
“That’s not our job to monitor that,” said Jones. “That’s forbidden against our policy.” . . . continues.