Vote Fails to Overturn Veto of Bill to Codify Protections for immigrants in Howard County

An attempt to reaffirm protections for undocumented immigrants died Monday night in Howard County when local lawmakers failed to nix Republican County Executive Allan Kittleman‘s veto of a controversial bill that ignited a microcosm of the national debate on immigration in the wealthy suburban jurisdiction.

Lawmakers last month had dropped a reference from the bill that labeled the county as a “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants, and also removed broad sections of political language in the bill that stated President Donald Trump had bolstered dangerous xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism.