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Local lawmaker attending White House meeting about sanctuary cities today

State Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, will discuss today the issue of sanctuary cities in a meeting at the White House.

The freshman state lawmaker introduced last year a bill that would require state and local entities to cooperate with the federal government or risk receiving certain state funds. The bill was referred to Government Accountability and Oversight Committee but has yet to receive a committee hearing.

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The 3 p.m. meeting will be with the White House Domestic Policy Council to discuss immigration policy and reform. Rep. Keller is the author of House Bill 179, which requires state and local authorities to cooperate with the federal government in the enforcement of immigration law.

“This invitation shows that the Trump Administration wants to get input from specific states dealing with irresponsible immigration policies, and is serious about partnering with local leaders to tackle the growing concerns about illegal immigration in our nation,” Keller said.

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The term “sanctuary city” often refers to places that do not prosecute illegal immigrants for violating federal immigration laws. Lawmakers in other states have advocated similar bills to prevent or crackdown on cities that refuse to enforce federal immigration laws.

According to the bill, elected officials could be removed from office, and face criminal sanctions and civil lawsuits, if an illegal immigrant injures or kills someone.

RELATED: What is a “sanctuary city?” It depends on who you ask.

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