Hyattsville city leaders pass measure to become a Sanctuary City

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Hyattsville has become the latest city to pass an ordinance friendly to immigrants in the United States without the proper documents, in effect making the area a Sanctuary City.

The city council finalized the move on Monday on an 8-2 vote.

The measure mandates that local law enforcement will not ask about an individual’s citizenship, and will still provide protections to illegal immigrants without evading federal law.

The move could put future federal funds in jeopardy because an Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump orders financial sanctions for cities that ignore federal law regarding illegal immigrants.

Hyattsville has accepted over $1 million in federal grants over the past seven years. Most of that money has been used for maintaining and updating equipment for public safety.