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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2018, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, center, talks at a news conference at the State Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., about the state's work requirement for its expanded Medicaid program. Federal judge James Boasberg is blocking Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky, dealing a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to push the poor toward self-sufficiency. Boasberg issued two decisions Wednesday, March 27, finding that Medicaid work requirements for low-income people in Arkansas and Kentucky pose numerous obstacles to getting health care that haven’t been adequately addressed by federal and state officials. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo, File)
April 10, 2019 - 1:30 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Latest on an Arkansas bill that would ban "sanctuary cities" in the state (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Arkansas' Republican governor says he will sign a bill cutting off funding to "sanctuary cities" that don't co-operate with federal immigration authorities despite his objections that the measure could open the door to racial profiling.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday he'll sign the bill approved by the majority-Republican Legislature. The measure also prohibits cities from preventing local law enforcement from asking about a person's citizenship or immigration status.

Hutchinson had asked lawmakers to change the bill after he said he was concerned it would open the door to racial profiling. But the bill's sponsors rebuffed the request and lawmakers gave the bill final approval Wednesday.

The Arkansas Municipal League, which opposes the measure, says it doesn't know of any cities in the state with sanctuary policies.

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11 a.m.

Arkansas lawmakers have sent Gov. Asa Hutchinson legislation Wednesday cutting off funding to "sanctuary cities" that don't co-operate with federal immigration authorities over the Republican's objections that the measure could open the door to racial profiling.

The House vote was 71-24 in favour of the measure, which would also prevent cities from blocking local law enforcement from asking about a person's citizenship or immigration status. Any cities found to be in violation would be ineligible to receive discretionary funds administered by the state.

Hutchinson, a former federal Homeland Security official who oversaw border security efforts, had asked lawmakers to change the measure, but the bill's sponsors rebuffed his request. Hutchinson has said he's generally supportive of the bill, but hasn't said what he would do if it reached him without that amendment.

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