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Muslim leaders rally for refugees

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WASHINGTON – For seven years running, the self-proclaimed oldest Muslim organization in America has met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

While Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA has made a routine point to meet with representatives to discuss goals in combating extremism both inside and outside of the Islamic community, community members said this year’s meeting on Capitol Hill took on another level of importance after the election of President Donald J. Trump.

This year’s Day on the Hill focused on Trump’s new executive order that placed a indefinite moratorium on refugees from Syria and a 90- day travel ban from seven Muslim majority nations, and the rise in hate crimes.

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“Wait and See”

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County leaders confused and angry over sanctuary executive order

 

ANNAPOLIS – Local officials say it is unclear whether President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on sanctuary cities will cost the county federal funding over its immigration enforcement policies.

Last week, Trump signed an executive order saying localities that fail to comply with federal immigration law will not receive public funds, sparking outrage among immigration advocates and confusion among public officials.

The executive order specifically mentions “sanctuary jurisdiction,” a vague but widely used term that generally refers to localities that do not assist in enforcing federal immigration law. State and local officials said it is unclear if the executive order would apply to Montgomery County or to the State of Maryland.

“Look, no one has been able to figure out from what he’s (Trump) issued so far and how exactly it plays out,” said County Council member Marc Elrich (D-at large). “We don’t know whether we are inside the rules or outside the rules.”

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Hundreds protest Trump's immigration ban at BWI

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BALTIMORE – More than 800 people headed to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Sunday to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban immigration from select countries and all refugees.

Hundreds of protesters waved signs and shouted about Trump’s executive order and the people who are barred from entering the country for the next three to four months: noncitizens from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen as well as refugees.

Marc and Marybeth Leblanc, residents of Brunswick, attended the protest with their two young children.

“We feel that it is important to speak out,” Marc said.

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School board directs MCPS superintendent to request calendar waiver

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The Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education advised MCPS Superintendent Jack Smith in a resolution on Monday to request a waiver from the governor’s executive order so it can start classes before Labor Day next year. 

If the waiver is approved, classes would begin Aug. 28, 2017, the Monday before Labor Day, and the last day of school for students would be Thursday, June 14, 2018, according to Board member Rebecca Smondrowski (District 2). 

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