Kittleman Pledges to Veto Howard County ‘Sanctuary’ Proposal

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, a Republican, said today that he would veto a proposal by two local Democratic council members that would make Howard County a sanctuary jurisdiction for undocumented immigrants.

Kittleman called the proposal a “hollow political statement” that provides a false sense of security, compromises community safety and could compromise federal funding for critical programs and services.

“I am not willing to jeopardize existing programs and services which benefit all Howard County residents to adopt a label that would not change any of the policies and practices that we already have in place,” Kittleman wrote in a statement released Thursday evening.