The New York Times reported Monday that a sanctuary bill in a liberal Maryland county faced “surprise” opposition from the county’s legal immigrant communities.

“Sanctuary Bills in Maryland Faced a Surprise Foe: Legal Immigrants,” the Monday headline read. The Times‘ Sabrina Tavernise reported on a sanctuary bill that was shot down in Howard County, where one in five residents were born outside the country and Democrats outnumber Republicans two to one.

The legislation would have made Howard County a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, requiring the jurisdiction to not fully cooperate with federal immigration officials.

It turns out the county’s legal immigrants were not too keen on having an influx of illegal immigrants, arguing that “offering sanctuary to people who came to the country illegally devalued their own past struggles to gain citizenship.” The Times spoke to four legal residents who explained why they were opposed to the measure.

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