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Immigrant sanctuary bills die in New Mexico

The Associated Press
March 15, 2019 09:21 PM

SANTA FE, N.M.- Proposals that critics say would have made New Mexico an immigrant "sanctuary state" appears to have died.

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A number of bills that would have restricted federal contracts for immigration detention centers in the state and prevented New Mexico law enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal immigration authorities were stuck Friday in various committees. Proponents acknowledged the proposals likely were dead with only hours left in the session.

Rep. Angelica Rubio, a Las Cruces Democrat, says she was disappointed that many of the immigration-related bills died. But she said liberal lawmakers aren't giving up and would push similar proposals next session.

Legislative analysts say the bills could have made New Mexico a sanctuary state in the view of the federal government and cost the state millions of dollars in federal grants.

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