Voters reject warrant article declaring NH town a 'sanctuary city'
PETERBOROUGH — Voters rejected a warrant article that would have declared Peterborough a "sanctuary city".
At the town polls on Tuesday, the sanctuary article was one of three on the ballot, the Keene Sentinel reported. If passed, the article, in respect of their routine duties, would not ask any person about his or her immigration status and would refuse to share such information with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement except in cases "involving violent activity or for violation of NH Felony laws," said local officials.
The article generated a debate at the town's deliberative session last month and quickly followed articles addressing immigration-enforcement considered at town meetings in Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Hancock and Harrisville in March. The articles in Ftizwilliam and Hancock failed, but past in Dublin and Harrisville.
Also during the polls on Tuesday, voters approved a $14.8 million budget and re-elected three-year term selectman Tyler Ward.
Voters will reconvene Wednesday to consider other warrant articles, including whether to appropriate $1 million for renovations to the Peterborough Town House.