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Hawaii resolution calls for creating sanctuary state

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are pushing a resolution to make Hawaii a sanctuary state.

They say the traditional Hawaiian value "hookipa" means open-hearted hospitality. That tradition encourages Hawaii residents to welcome visitors and strangers with the spirit of Aloha.

The proposal urges law enforcement agencies in Hawaii to not work with federal immigration agencies. It says they shouldn't spend state or county funds to work with federal agencies on deporting undocumented immigrants who have not been convicted of a violent crime.

Some opponents fear taking such a stance could risk federal funding.

The Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee approved the resolution Wednesday.

Democratic Rep. Joy San Buenaventura introduced the resolution. She says Hawaii is built by and dependent upon immigrants and they should not be scared of their own government.

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