By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he's allowing legislation billed as a push against sanctuary cities to become law without his signature, saying it has stirred up irrational fear on both sides.

Haslam told reporters Monday that Tennessee has no sanctuary cities and state law prohibits them. He said it's also not a mass deportation bill. Haslam said the best thing to do is move on.

The legislation bans local governments from having "sanctuary" policies and threatens to withhold future state economic and community development money from those not complying.

Local governments would have to comply with federal immigration detainers of people identified as in the country illegally.

Haslam said police departments couldn't adopt policies not to ask about immigration status in routine encounters, but wouldn't be required to ask.

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