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2 New Hampshire communities discuss sanctuary city status

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Officials in the city of Portsmouth and the town of Durham have begun discussing the process of making their communities sanctuary cities after Republican President Donald Trump’s order on immigration.

Portsmouth City Councilor Nancy Pearson tells The Portsmouth Herald (http://bit.ly/2kUYEK1 ) she has asked the acting city manager to look into the issue. Pearson says she is not proposing that the City Council move forward with such a plan.

Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig says the Town Council chair has been contacted by residents who are interested in the town becoming a sanctuary city.

Officials in both communities noted the potential of losing federal money.

Trump recently signed an order to withhold federal grants to cities his administration deems “sanctuary jurisdictions” preventing or hindering federal immigration enforcement.

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