HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire community will move one step closer to becoming a so-called sanctuary city for immigrants.

The Hanover Selectboard voted unanimously Monday to hold a public hearing about what it is calling the “Welcoming Hanover” ordinance, the Valley News reported.

It would prohibit local police from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

Rise Upper Valley, a grassroots organization, has been advocating for the measure since it was proposed in late January. Town Manager Julia Griffin said on Monday that she had consulted a town attorney to revise the original proposal.

The revised proposal removes a provision that would have required town officials to alert residents of the presence of federal immigration authorities in Hanover. Griffin said it was the only portion that the town counsel found legally questionable.

The public hearing is scheduled for March 23.

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