The city of College Park, the Washington suburb that is home to the University of Maryland’s flagship campus, postponed a vote Tuesday on whether to extend municipal voting rights to noncitizens while it weighs whether to hold a referendum and let voters decide. The City Council had been expected to vote on whether noncitizens would be allowed to participate in the city’s November election but opted to wait until its Sept. 12 meeting to decide. The measure comes as leaders in some of Prince George’s County’s more liberal-leaning jurisdictions and in neighboring Montgomery County struggle to create policies that protect undocumented immigrants without getting in the crosshairs of the Trump administration.
Trump has threatened to withhold federal funding from cities and towns that refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities. And discussions surrounding undocumented immigrants and immigration increasingly are creating friction in many communities.
On Tuesday, Prince George’s police were asked to attend the meeting in College Park after council members received harassing calls and emails from people angry about the amendment, Mayor Patrick Wojahn said.