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The Latest: Booker introduces sanctuary city measure

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) – The Latest on immigration legislation proposed by New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

A senator from New Jersey has proposed legislation to bar state and local authorities from being able to arrest people for suspected immigration offenses.

Sen. Cory Booker announced the bill with five other Democratic senators Friday.

It seeks to repeal legislation from the 1990s that delegated certain immigration enforcement responsibilities to state and local agencies.

Booker says although the program has since been scaled back, at least 32 law enforcement agencies in 16 states still abide by it.

He says the program diverts local law enforcement resources from their primary duties, dissuades immigrants from reporting crimes and invites racial profiling.

President Donald Trump recently threatened to withhold federal funds from cities and towns that don’t cooperate with federal authorities on illegal immigration.

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This item has been clarified to show that Booker introduced it with five other Democratic senators. A companion measure was introduced by a Democrat in the House.

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2 p.m.

Democratic Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has signed an executive order strengthening policies around the city’s status as a sanctuary for people living in the country illegally.

Fulop’s order establishes policies preventing city resources from being used on the enforcement of federal immigration law.

The signing comes in the wake of President Donald Trump’s signing of an executive order that referred to withholding some federal funds from towns that bar local officials from communicating with federal authorities about someone’s immigration status.

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has said he supports Trump’s effort.

Jersey City has been a “sanctuary city” since 1996, but there were no citywide policies in place to guide city agencies and police.

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9:53 a.m.

New Jersey’s second-largest city is reaffirming its place as a sanctuary city for people living in the country illegally despite the threat from President Donald Trump to slash federal funding.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop on Friday planned to sign an executive order outlining a policy for the city’s police department and other agencies to work with the immigrant community.

Fulop’s office says the order will prevent city resources from being used to enforce federal immigration law in a city in which 40 percent of the population is foreign-born. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, a Democrat like Fulop, last week also vowed to protect people living in the country illegally.

The term “sanctuary city” generally refers to communities that do not cooperate with federal immigration officials.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order that referred to withholding Justice Department and Homeland Security funds from towns that bar local officials from communicating with federal authorities about someone’s immigration status.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie said on Fox News that he supports Trump’s proposal to slash aid and that the federal government has to give states the tools to help with the enforcement of immigration laws.

“I think this has got to be something that the federal government has got to do. And if they do it, if they take the action that is necessary, then I think we’re going to have federal law enforcement done at every level,” Christie said Thursday night. “But the fact is that governors can’t do that on their own, they need the federal government as a partner.”

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