Arkansas lawmakers send governor ‘sanctuary cities’ ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson legislation cutting off funding to “sanctuary cities” that don’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities over his objections that the measure could open the door to racial profiling.

The House on Wednesday approved by a 71-24 vote the measure, which would also prevent cities from blocking local law enforcement from asking about a person’s citizenship or immigration status. Any cities found to be in violation would be ineligible to receive discretionary funds administered by the state.

Hutchinson, a Republican, had asked lawmakers to change the measure, but the bill’s sponsors rebuffed his request. Hutchinson has said he’s generally supportive of the bill, but hasn’t said what he would do if it reached him without that amendment.

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