Robert Bentley: Alabama will not support sanctuary cities that shelter illegal immigrants

Robert Bentley
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley delivers the annual State of the State address in the Old House Chamber at the Historic Alabama State Capitol.

Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced Alabama will not support sanctuary cities in the wake of a resolution passed by the Birmingham City Council.

“President Trump has already taken decisive and necessary action to enforce our nation’s immigration laws,” Bentley said in a news release. “Alabama will not support sanctuary cities or institutions that harbor or shelter illegal immigrants, and are in clear violation of the laws of the nation.”

The Birmingham City Council approved a resolution on Tuesday expressing support for illegal immigrants but not officially declaring the city a sanctuary — an official designation given to cities that follow certain procedures that shelters undocumented immigrants.