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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Changes are being made to a high-profile immigration bill in response to concerns raised by an attorney and stakeholder groups, the measure’s lead sponsor said Thursday.
The bill’s overall intent remains the same - to prevent sanctuary policies at Kentucky’s local level and require most public employees to use their “best efforts” to help enforce federal immigration laws. The measure has been designated as a top priority by state Senate Republicans.
One planned change would expand the number of public employees exempted from the requirement to support immigration laws. Employees of domestic violence shelters, rape crisis centers, public defenders offices and public health departments are among those being added to the exemption, Sen. Danny Carroll, R-Paducah, told reporters.
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“The reality of it is, these are not places that federal officials would go to for assistance anyway,” Carroll said. “We felt like it was the right thing to do in an effort to consider the humanity and the human element of the impact of this bill.”
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