Walker Is ‘Just Fine’ With Sanctuary Cities Bill Not Being Passed

Bill Would Prevent Restrictions On Police Inquiring About Suspects' Immigration Status

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Gov. Scott Walker says he doesn’t think the state Senate will pass a controversial “sanctuary cities” bill, and he says he’s “just fine with that.”

The bill, which passed the Assembly last week, would prohibit local ordinances or policies that keep police from asking about someone’s immigration status. While GOP sponsors downplayed it as a modest step, the proposal lit a fire under immigrants’ rights groups, prompting a protest of 20,000 people at the Wisconsin Capitol.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Walker said he wanted to focus on bills that help the economy.

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“I gotta tell you, one way or the other, I hadn’t heard anything before that week hadn’t heard anything, at least as employers, talking about it one way or the other,” he said.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald’s office recently said the bill was not a top priority in his chamber.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story featuring Associated Press content has been updated with original reporting.