Bevin announces legislation that would ban sanctuary cities

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says some Republican lawmakers will introduce legislation to keep local governments from enacting policies that would keep police from cooperating with immigration authorities.

At a news conference Friday in Lexington, Bevin said the bill would clarify what a sanctuary city is.

The announcement came as President Donald Trump said a nationwide immigration enforcement operation targeting people who are in the U.S. illegally will start Sunday.

State Sen. Danny Carroll of Paducah, a co-sponsor of the bill, said he doesn’t believe any city in Kentucky is currently a sanctuary by the bill’s proposed definition.

Speaking at Friday’s news conference, Carroll said the role of Kentucky’s law enforcement is to uphold Kentucky’s statutes.

“When assistance is requested from federal agencies or any other agency, your responsibility within your department and your supervision is to make sure that whatever request is being made of that other agency falls within the scope of Kentucky statute.”

If you missed Friday’s news conference, click here to watch it.