Georgia Outlaws 'Sanctuary Cities'

6:32 PM, May 6, 2009   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Gov. Sonny Perdue has signed a bill that outlaws sanctuary cities -- where officials are prohibited from reporting illegal immigrants.

Supporters of the new law say that while there are no sanctuary cities in Georgia, there are some 60 across the country. They say the law is a pre-emptive strike to make sure none crop up in the state.

It would withhold state funding from any local government that adopts a sanctuary policy.

Critics have called the measure a solution for a problem that doesn't exist and said it sends an increasingly hostile message to the international community.

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