MENU
component-ddb-728x90-v1-01-desktop

'Sanctuary' policy punishments narrowly clear N.C. House panel

(MGNOnline.com photo)

RALEIGH (AP) -- A Republican measure in part designed to penalize any North Carolina local governments with "sanctuary" policies toward immigration by withholding their tax dollars has narrowly cleared a House committee.

The judiciary panel voted 6-5 on Tuesday for the bill even after changes were made to prevent the loss of funds for cities and counties during a grace period.

Bill sponsor Rep. Harry Warren of Salisbury opposed the 60-day window but still urged passage of the bill as a deterrent to ensure compliance with federal and state immigration laws.

The measure passed despite criticisms by Democratic lawmakers and others that a provision making it more difficult for suspects unlawfully in the country to get out of jail while awaiting trial could face constitutional challenges. The bill now heads to another committee.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off

Trending