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LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate has approved legislation prohibiting cities from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and threatening to cut off their funding if they adopt "sanctuary" policies.

The majority-Republican Senate on Friday voted 24-5 for the bill, which would also prohibit cities from preventing local law enforcement from asking about someone's immigration or citizenship status. The measure now heads to the House.

The proposal would make a city ineligible for discretionary funds administered by the state if the attorney general determines it is a sanctuary city. No cities in Arkansas have adopted such sanctuary policies, but the bill's sponsor says the penalty is needed to ensure they'll comply with federal law.

Advocates have said the bill is unnecessary and could sow mistrust between the immigration community and law enforcement.


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  • RBear
    April 5, 2019 at 2:44 p.m.

    Dog-whistling "look busy" bill. Hey, when you've got nothing but deregulating a pig farm in your bag of tricks, you've got to try something else to make it seem like you're busy in the Capitol.

  • Foghorn
    April 5, 2019 at 3:02 p.m.

    Gaping anus holes in search of a problem which doesn’t exist.

  • GeneralMac
    April 5, 2019 at 3:44 p.m.

    Proud of our state legislators for getting "out ahead" of a potential problem and nipping it in the bud.

    When Ms Adcock says........"EVERYONE is welcome in Little Rock", that sure sounds like a sanctuary city advocate to me.

  • Bullgod1984
    April 5, 2019 at 4:20 p.m.

    GMAC, little rock already issues city id's to illegals

  • mrcharles
    April 5, 2019 at 5:18 p.m.

    Now what is that there federal law about pot?

    Why do we thumb our noses at federal law? Do we being in the south hate the federal government here in 2019? Did not old alabamy before he finally had to go from the putin lover circle of ship of fools think that the weed was bad? Is it not a gateway to drinking whiskey? is not whiskey a killer of men and a breaking up of homes?

    Jesus would be proud of you senate. being christians and ignoring the law as paul said [ or did he] with the new covenant to promise eternal damnation [ yes I know a few that it might be appropriate for]for sinners.

    Well the proud and the few here already hate the widow and the orphan and ignore Amos and his statements on justice, so what's another brick in the wall of goats.... the fat cows they are to be drug out by their noses one day.

    Hey, nice, very nice, but what about the witches ?

  • Skeptic1
    April 5, 2019 at 9:36 p.m.

    Good, numerous cities across the country are sending this message that our laws are for everyone.

  • CartoonDude
    April 5, 2019 at 11:08 p.m.

    Someone taking immigration law seriously? Wow!

  • Packman
    April 6, 2019 at 9:21 a.m.

    Showing respect for the rule of law and protecting US citizens. Nice. Very nice.