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Columbus Passes Ordinance Protecting City's Immigrants

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The Columbus City Council has voted in favor of an executive order by Mayor Andrew Ginther creating protections for the city's immigrants.

The vote Monday makes it against the law in Columbus to arrest or deny someone services based on their immigration status.

While the law reflects other sanctuary city laws across the country, officials say Columbus is not a "sanctuary city." President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw federal funding from cities that act as sanctuaries for immigrants.

As the lone Republican running for city council, Kieran Cartharn says the new ordinance jeopardizes federal funds and hurts the people of Columbus.

Council President Zach Klein tells WCMH-TV the ordinance is about "human decency and opportunity for all."

The ordinance goes into effect in 30 days.

Stories from the Associated Press.