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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin residents are packing a hearing Wednesday to speak against a bill aimed at preventing sanctuary cities for immigrants living in the country illegally.

The bill would bar local governments from prohibiting law enforcement from inquiring about immigration status or working with federal immigration authorities. Communities that do enact such policies or resolutions could be challenged in court and could lose $500 to $5,000 of state aid each day of noncompliance.

Opponents say the bill is anti-immigrant and could hurt law enforcement's relationship with immigrant communities. Bill author Rep. John Spiros, a Marshfield Republican, says the bill's scope is to ensure the safety of residents and doesn't require communities to enforce federal immigration laws.

More than 100 people had registered to speak at the Assembly committee hearing Wednesday.

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