Leggett Asserts County Will Make No Changes to Immigration Policies (VIDEO)

County Executive Ike Leggett answers a question at a press conference on immigration policies Wednesday | Douglas Tallman

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said Wednesday the county would press a legal challenge if the federal government tried to force changes in county immigration policy by withholding federal funds.

“Those at the federal level have decided they want to punish some of the communities and we’ll fight the issue once we get to it,” Leggett said. “But I’m not going to be intimidated because there’s a threat about federal funds because there’s no relation to what we’re doing here in Montgomery County.”

Leggett, and County Council President Roger Berliner met with reporters after a meeting with community groups that serve immigrant communities.

Berliner said the county does not withhold information about anyone that should be properly shared with the state, which then shares that information with the federal government.

What the county does not do is ask police officers to ask about an individual’s immigration status routinely, Berliner said. That follows a recommendation from county Police Chief Tom Manger, he said.

You can watch the Feb. 8 news conference that took place in Silver Spring, below:

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