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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.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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