(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

Sanctuary Cities Bill Vetoed

No Chance Of Override

April 10, 2018 - 9:38 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Governor Ralph Northam has vetoed a bill aimed at preventing so-called "sanctuary cities" in the state.    Northam, a Democrat, said the legislation is an unneeded burden on local law enforcement officials and "sends a chilling message."

The Republican-backed legislation blocks cities and counties from passing laws that "restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws."    A sanctuary city is a term without legal definition but generally means a locality that limits cooperation with federal immigration enforcement activities.

The bill narrowly passed the GOP-led General Assembly along party lines. Republicans have virtually no chance of getting the needed two-thirds majority to override the governor's veto.

It was one of several bills vetoed by the Governor on Monday.

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