‘Sanctuary’ policy punishments narrowly clear House panel

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican measure in part designed to penalize any North Carolina local governments with “sanctuary” policies toward immigration by withholding their tax dollars has narrowly cleared a House committee.

The judiciary panel voted 6-5 on Tuesday for the bill even after it was changed to make it easier for those cities and counties to receive tax distributions.

Bill sponsor Rep. Harry Warren of Salisbury opposed the change but still urged the bill’s passage as a deterrent and to ensure compliance with federal and state immigration laws.

The measure passed despite criticisms by Democratic lawmakers and others that a provision making it more difficult for suspects unlawfully in the country to get out of jail while awaiting trial could face constitutional challenges. The bill now heads to another committee.