Funding threatened for cities ignoring state immigration law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly is attempting to reign in local governments with threats to withdraw school and roads funding if they do not comply with state immigration laws.

A Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday passed a bill to create penalties for local governments that accept identification cards from nonprofit organizations to determine a person’s identity or residency.

A law banning the identification cards passed last year with a narrow exemption for law enforcement. A proposal stripping that exemption and creating penalties was added to an unrelated bill on jury duty Tuesday.

The bill would craft a form for people to report to the attorney general a city, county or law enforcement agency they believe is out of compliance with immigration policies, including the state’s ban on sanctuary cities.

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