(AP) - The House has approved legislation aimed at punishing so-called "sanctuary cities" like San Francisco that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
The bill is a response to the shooting death in San Francisco of Kathryn Steinle, allegedly by an immigrant with multiple criminal convictions who was in the country illegally.
The legislation passed on a largely party-line vote of 241-179 on Thursday. The bill would block some federal funding for communities that don't cooperate in providing immigration information to federal authorities.
Republicans called it a needed response to Steinle's death.
But Democrats called it a punitive attack on immigrant communities - and accused Republicans of following Donald Trump's lead in demonizing Latinos.