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Kansas Among Several States Looking To Ban Sanctuary Cities

Kansas legislators are among those in several states considering measures to prohibit local governments from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

One bill would ban so-called sanctuary cities. The other would also withdraw state funding from cities that don't cooperate with immigration officials.

It's the latest in a series of anti-sanctuary measures across the nation following the July killing of a San Francisco woman. The man charged is a Mexican man living in the country illegally. At least a dozen states, including Wisconsin and Florida, are considering similar legislation.

Rep. Charles Macheers, a Shawnee Republican, said he wants to ensure Kansas communities comply with federal law.

Some Kansas sheriffs began refusing immigration officials' requests after a federal ruling in Oregon that holding a woman violated her constitutional rights.