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Trump moves to build border wall, cut sanctuary city funds

President Donald Trump takes the cap off a pen before signing executive order for immigration actions to build a border wall during a visit to the Homeland Security Department in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.

INDIANAPOLIS — President Donald Trump's executive order threatening to strip federal grants from so-called "sanctuary cities" should not impact any Hoosier municipalities.

Since 2011, Indiana law has prohibited local governments from refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities to protect non-citizens who entered or remained in the United States without legal permission.

State Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, the sponsor of that statute, said he's pleased it will save Indiana communities from possibly losing federal funds under Trump's executive order, which Delph enthusiastically supports.

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"I applaud the president's strong show of leadership in protecting American citizens," he said.

The Chicago City Council and Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel reaffirmed Chicago's status as a "sanctuary city" Wednesday, shortly after the Republican president signed his executive order.

It's not yet known how much money the Illinois city might lose by bucking Trump's plan to aggressively enforce the nation's immigration laws.

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Financial Affairs Reporter

Dan has reported on Indiana state government for The Times since 2009. He also covers casinos, campaigns and corruption.