Montgomery County, Maryland, which has gained notoriety for its status as a “sanctuary county” that has repeatedly released criminal illegal aliens, has reversed its anti-ICE policy after heavy public backlash, the Daily Caller reports.
The head of Montgomery County, County Executive Marc Elrich (D-Md.), had signed an executive order in July ordering county authorities to not cooperate with ICE whenever illegal aliens were detained in the county. This policy subsequently saw many illegals released soon after their arrests, including many who were charged with rape and other violent crimes.
The leniency with illegals drew widespread public criticism, both within the county and across the nation. Conservative firebrand Michelle Malkin held a rally on September 13th in Montgomery County against the sanctuary policy, and numerous ICE officials pushed back on Elrich’s claims that they needed a judicial warrant to make arrests of such illegals in the county.
This four-month saga represents one of the biggest failures yet of “sanctuary policies” promoted by Democrats to protect illegal aliens. Such policies are still enacted in numerous cities around the country, and even entire states such as California.