Judge allows Tucson sanctuary city vote to go forward

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge will allow Tucson voters to decide whether their town should become Arizona's first "sanctuary city."

Pima County Superior Court judge Douglas Metcalf on Friday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block the initiative from a November election.

The Arizona Daily Star reports three Tucson residents challenged signatures used to get the initiative on the ballot.

The Tucson City Council voted in 2012 to designate the city officially as an "immigrant-welcoming city," but officials say they never declared Tucson a sanctuary city. Tucson has no policies restricting police from enforcing federal immigration laws.

Supporters say the initiative would add protections from President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration. Critics say it defies U.S. immigration law.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.tucson.com