Though the legislation may be largely symbolic, members of the Montgomery County Council are expected to take a stand Tuesday in favor of county residents who under the Trump administration could lose the deportation protections they have enjoyed for years.
The administration has indicated that it will end temporary protected status (TPS) for some immigrants who fled war or natural disaster to find a haven in the United States. The administration also plans to end the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that allows undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children to legally remain in the United States. Both groups could face deportation if their status is revoked.
The all-Democratic council is expected to unanimously pass a resolution to urge the federal government to allow the immigrants — thousands of whom live in Montgomery County — to remain in the country.