Proposal could make New Mexico a sanctuary state
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2017 file photo, Jocelynn Lujan, left, and her sister, Jennifer, attend a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M., where activists denounced President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration. Identical Democratic proposals in the New Mexico House and Senate would prevent state agencies from cooperating with federal immigration authorities and limit the authority of sheriffs and jails to hold federal immigrant detainees. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)
SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico, the state with the largest percentage of Hispanic residents in the nation, could be the latest to adopt sanctuary status regarding immigrants.
Identical Democratic proposals introduced in the New Mexico House and Senate say state agencies would be barred from cooperating with federal immigration authorities seeking to hold or deport immigrants suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.
The authority of sheriffs and jails to hold federal immigrant detainees also would see new limits.