Officials: ‘Sanctuary cities’ must follow law

Ohio Statehouse (file photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) –  Three of Ohio’s Republican statewide officeholders say municipalities that identify themselves as sanctuary cities must follow federal law but have some discretion beyond that.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says there’s a lot of confusion over the meaning of the phrase and it’s sometimes unclear what cities mean when they identify that way.

Secretary of State Jon Husted said cities’ primary duties are to uphold the law and keep people safe.

Auditor David Yost said there’s a difference between providing a welcoming environment to immigrants and following the law as spelled out in the Constitution.

Though DeWine and Husted are expected to run for governor in 2018 both declined to discuss their plans.

The three spoke Wednesday at a forum sponsored by The Associated Press. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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