Killing prompts Michigan bill targeting 'sanctuary' cities


By: Associated Press

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A recent fatal shooting in San Francisco is prompting Michigan lawmakers to propose legislation to crack down on cities they suspect of harboring immigrants in the country illegally.

Republicans backing the bills say the slaying is a wakeup call and other potential tragedies must be stopped.

The legislation would cut off state funding to municipalities that enforce “sanctuary” policies restricting public employees from asking about immigration status. Michigan has two sanctuary cities, Detroit and Ann Arbor.

A man without legal status who’s accused of killing a woman was released from a California jail despite immigration officials wanting to deport him for a sixth time.

Supporters of sanctuary cities say they foster a climate so immigrants here illegally are willing to report crimes, and police can still help federal immigration officials.