Immigration surfaces as issue in Kentucky legislature

FRANKFORT, January 9 – Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Paducah (center), speaks at a news conference concerning Senate Bill 1, the Federal Immigration Cooperation Act of 2020, alongside (left to right) former Lexington FOP president Jason Rothermund; Rep. John Blanton, R-Salyersville; Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Senate President Robert Stivers II, R-Manchester. (Courtesy: Kentucky General Assembly)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The volatile illegal immigration issue has reached into the Kentucky legislature.

A Republican-backed bill is aimed at preventing sanctuary policies. It also would require most public employees to use their “best efforts” to help enforce federal immigration laws.

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Senate President Robert Stivers touted the measure Thursday as a public-safety tool to combat Kentucky’s drug woes, including a Mexican drug trafficking network reputed to operate in the state.

The measure was endorsed by the state’s new attorney general, Daniel Cameron. But a civil liberties group says it would lead to racial profiling and the separation of families targeted for deportation.