Democrats Stop 'Sanctuary City' Legislation – Again • New Hampshire Bulletin

Republicans in New Hampshire appear to be on track to lose office last try ban so-called “sanctuary city” policies and require local police to assist federal immigration agents in detaining undocumented people, including those who have no criminal charges.

The House of Representatives voted 188 to 177 in favor of the bill on Thursday Senate Bill 563, which was passed by the Senate on party lines in March. Eight Republicans in the House of Representatives joined Democrats in supporting the motion. Although the bill was not defeated, it would be a challenge to take it off the table or incorporate the measure as an amendment into another bill.

Lawmakers have rejected similar bills at least a dozen times since 2006. Still, Thursday's vote was uncertain given the role immigration plays in political campaigns and state policy.

Gov. Chris Sununu has deployed 15 National Guard soldiers to the Texas-Mexico border through June to prevent illegal migrants and fentanyl from entering the country outside of official ports of entry. Soldiers lead individuals to an official entry point.

Sununu also secured $1.4 million from lawmakers last year to bolster security at the northern border.

Several police chiefs urged lawmakers not to support SB 563, and some said they work with federal immigration officials when prosecuting an undocumented person. They said only federal immigration agents can enforce civil matters, which includes staying in the country illegally. Several also said that detaining undocumented people on behalf of federal immigration officials would jeopardize the relationships they have built with diverse communities.

Anna Harden

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