(AP) – A Republican-backed bill that would ban sanctuary policies by most public agencies in Kentucky is moving forward.
The bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee after an emotional hearing on Thursday.
Opponents predict it will spread fear among immigrants, despite assurances, there’s no cause for concern.
The bill would prohibit public entities, including city and county governments, from blocking federal immigration enforcement efforts.
Most agencies would be required to cooperate with federal immigration agents.
Supporters said it will ensure cooperation to enforce federal immigration laws.
The bill is expected to easily pass the full Senate.
(This story was originally published on January 31, 2020)