- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory says cities in North Carolina should not harbor illegal immigrants, but there are no plans currently in place to address so-called sanctuary cities.

McCrory addressed the issue during a meeting of the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association in Brunswick County. The governor said “major cartels” and other violent offenders get protection when cities choose to ignore federal immigration laws.

It is unclear how many sanctuary cities there are in North Carolina because not all cities enact public policies in opposition to immigration laws.

Both Democrats and Republicans have spoken out against sanctuary cities after a California woman was killed in San Francisco earlier this month by an illegal immigrant who later said he sought shelter under the city’s sanctuary policy.

McCrory made his comments on Monday.

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