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Tucson council votes on sanctuary city initiative

TUCSON – The City of Tucson is now one step closer to becoming a “sanctuary city”.

On Tuesday, Tucson city council members voted to put a voter sponsored initiative on the November ballot.

City officials say the council was legally required to approve the measure after the group behind the initiative gathered enough signatures.

“We are living in turbulent times, the national rhetoric is increasingly violent, racist, xenophobic and anti-immigrant. Being an immigrant-friendly city is no longer good enough,” said one Tucson resident who spoke at the meeting.

City council members were also scheduled to vote on raising the age to purchase tobacco products.

However, that vote was tabled and is being rescheduled.

The vote is scheduled for Nov. 5.

Nick VinZant

Nick VinZant

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