A bill that would prohibit so-called “sanctuary cities” in Wisconsin could end up dying in the state Senate this session.
The proposal, which passed the state Assembly last week, targets cities with policies in place that prevent local government agencies from asking those charged with a crime about their immigration status. The bill was one of the issues a crowd of more than 20,000 converged on the state Capitol last Thursday to protest, during a “Day without Latinos” event.
The legislation is still awaiting action in the state Senate, where the office of Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said it may not make it to the floor in the waning days of the session. “No member has indicated it’s a top priority,” said Fitzgerald spokeswoman Myranda Tanck in an email.
The state Senate is scheduled to meet at least one more time next month, before wrapping up its work until next spring. The state Assembly ended its final session period for the year early Friday morning.