- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The City Council president in Vermont’s largest city says she’s generally supportive of the mayor’s proposal to make Burlington a sanctuary city for immigrants in the country illegally.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bit.ly/2gq80ei ) that the push comes despite calls by congressional Republicans and GOP President-elect Donald Trump to cut off federal funding for sanctuary cities.

Sanctuary cities refer to municipalities that don’t use their resources to enforce federal immigration law or that prohibit law enforcement from asking people about immigration status.

Burlington Police Chief Brandon Del Pozo says he hopes his department will be able to continue a policy of traditional crime-fighting over enforcing immigration laws.

Mayor Miro Weinberger says Burlington could be risking about $40,000 in federal funding.

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