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Kansas bans 'sanctuary cities'

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, shocked many when she decided to sign a GOP-backed bill that bans "sanctuary cities" and targets efforts in Wyandotte County to issue municipal IDs. Who will be impacted by the decision, and how will it affect the governor's reelection chances?

Earlier this week, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed a Republican-sponsored bill that dismantles Wyandotte County’s “Safe and Welcoming” ordinance,which restricted police cooperation with federal immigration authorities and offered municipal IDs to people who can't obtain legal identification — including undocumented immigrants, people experiencing homelessness, and the elderly.

The move shocked many in Kelly's base, including immigration advocates, who had expected her to veto the bill. On KCUR's Up To Date, Steve Kraske talks to Karla Juarez, executive director at Advocates for Immigrant Rights & Reconciliation, and Washburn political scientist Bob Beatty, about what this law means for Kansans and how the signature will impact Kelly's reelection chances.

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