The advice from Forsyth County’s legislative delegation to the Winston-Salem City Council on a proposed “Welcoming City” resolution could be boiled down to this Wednesday: Don’t do it.
The warning came from Democrats and Republicans in the N.C. General Assembly, who said the city could be punished for pursuing a resolution that some legislators will likely see as a “sanctuary city” resolution in all but name.
“I can’t even begin to tell you how unwise this would be,” state Sen. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, told the members of the Winston-Salem City Council. “My colleagues are going to see this as a sanctuary bill. They have told me that there will be consequences if Winston-Salem does this. There won’t be anything I can do about it.”
North Carolina law forbids cities from passing sanctuary ordinances, which are defined in state law as rules that would forbid police from asking about citizenship status, or which would have the city take a stance of noncooperation with federal immigration authorities.
Besse insisted Wednesday that his resolution proposes nothing illegal, but legislators who represent the city in the General Assembly said the resolution is a bad idea.
State Rep. Ed Hanes, D-Forsyth, said that the city should do what the General Assembly does to bills that are not “ready for prime time.”
“What we are telling you is that right now this (resolution) isn’t ready and you should send this to your version of the rules committee … where some bills go to die and where some bills get revived again at another time.”