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Tucson mayor candidates oppose sanctuary city initiative

Posted: 11:31 AM, Jul 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-26 14:31:19-04
Regina Romero
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The three Democratic candidates running for mayor say they don't support a ballot initiative that would make Tucson the state's first "sanctuary city."

The candidates answered a question on matter during their first debate Thursday.

The initiative aims to add protections for people living in the U.S. illegally, including preventing Tucson police from asking about immigration status and prohibiting certain cooperation between city and federal agencies.

Former state Sen. Steve Farley, Tucson City Council member Regina Romero and real estate developer Randi Dorman cited concerns about the initiative's language, possible loss of funding or other negative consequences.

Independent candidate Ed Ackerley says he also opposes the initiative.

No Republicans are running for mayor.

The candidate who wins the Democratic nomination next month will face Ackerley in the November election.