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Immigration advocates oppose bill they consider anti-immigrant

The ACLU is gathering outside the state house to oppose a bill they consider to be anti-immigrant. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- Some immigration advocates are taking their fight to Augusta for a rally Thursday.

The ACLU is gathering outside the state house to oppose a bill they consider to be anti-immigrant.

The bill from Republican Representative Larry Lockman requires local towns and their police to work with federal agencies on immigration issues.

It also prohibits any restrictions on the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

It appears to be targeting so called sanctuary cities.

There are no sanctuary cities in Maine, but Portland, South Portland, and Hallowell are considering that designation.

Sanctuary cities adopt measures that refuse to help federal immigration officers. Sanctuary cities are currently at risk of losing federal money.

If the bill passes, they would lose all state money too.

There is a public hearing at 1 p.m.

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