Excerpt By: Winston-Salem Journal. Written By: Wesley Young.
Winston-Salem could declare itself a “welcoming city” for unauthorized immigrants, refugees and others if a proposed resolution put forward Tuesday by Council Member Dan Besse gains steam.
Besse made his proposal at Tuesday’s general government committee in response to calls from some people to have the city declare itself a “sanctuary city” for the unauthorized.
North Carolina’s “sanctuary ordinances” law says that cities can’t put into place policies that prevent law enforcement officers from collecting citizenship or immigration status, or restrict the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Besse plans to bring his resolution back for discussion at the March meeting of the city’s general government committee, which on Tuesday heard from both advocates and opponents of sanctuary status.