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White House threatens to veto bill that would crack down on 'sanctuary cities'

FILE - In this June 25, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Last monthâs Supreme Court decision upholding the statuteâs federal subsidies, which help millions of Americans afford health care, shattered the GOPâs best chance of forcing Obama to accept a weakening of his prized law. Without that leverage, Obama would likely veto any major changes theyâd send him.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

FILE - In this June 25, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the subsidies for customers in states that do not operate their own exchanges under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Last monthâs Supreme Court decision upholding the statuteâs federal subsidies, which help millions of Americans afford health care, shattered the GOPâs best chance of forcing Obama to accept a weakening of his prized law. Without that leverage, Obama would likely veto any major changes theyâd send him. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The White House is threatening to veto a House GOP bill that would crack down on "sanctuary cities" that shield residents from federal immigration authorities.

An Obama administration statement says the legislation being voted on Thursday would threaten civil rights by allowing law enforcement officials to gather immigration status information from any person at any time. The statement says such an approach would lead to mistrust between local communities and law enforcement agencies.

The bill comes in the wake of the shooting in San Francisco where a woman was killed, allegedly by an immigrant who was in this country illegally despite a long criminal record and multiple deportations.

The bill would cut off certain federal grants and spending for cities that don't cooperate with federal immigration requests.

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