Immigration bill clears Kentucky Senate committee

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A Republican-backed bill to ban sanctuary policies by most public agencies in Kentucky has advanced.

The measure cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee after an emotional hearing Thursday. Opponents predict it will spread fear among immigrants, despite assurances that there’s no cause for concern.

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The bill would prohibit public entities including city and county governments from adopting sanctuary policies. Most agencies would be required to cooperate with federal immigration agents.

Supporters say it will ensure cooperation to enforce federal immigration laws. The bill is expected to easily pass the full Senate.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.