On Monday evening, Rockville held a public hearing to discuss local enforcement of federal immigration laws. Specifically, the hearing concerned an ordinance proposed by Rockville City Council member Julie Palakovich Carr that would preserve Rockville’s status as a safe haven for illegal immigrants.

The ordinance’s most controversial provision would prohibit city law enforcement officials from detaining any person based “on any immigration detainer or federal administrative warrant when such immigration detainer or administrative warrant is based solely on a violation of federal civil immigration law.” In addition, the ordinance would forbid city employees from assisting in any investigation into a person’s immigration status and would encourage city officials to “not disclose the citizenship or immigration status of any person.”

(View the full article here).