Lawmakers to Winston-Salem: 'Bury' Welcoming City resolution
WINSTON-SALEM (AP) - Forsyth County legislators are telling the Winston-Salem City Council to "bury" a proposed "Welcoming City" resolution, saying it could be seen as a sanctuary city designation that could lead to punishment.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports both Democrats and Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly issued the warning.
Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, told city council members that her colleagues will see the proposed resolution as a sanctuary bill and told her there will be consequences if Winston-Salem passes it.
Councilman Dan Besse sponsored the resolution as an alternative to calls from local activists to have the city declare itself as a sanctuary for unauthorized immigrants. Besse said after meeting with legislators, he will continue to push for approval of the resolution.
North Carolina law forbids cities from passing sanctuary ordinances.
Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com