LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Banning sanctuary cities in Kentucky. 

That's the goal of a bill that may be considered during the 2018 General Assembly.

House Bill 501 would prohibit cities and public universities from declaring themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants, and require them to enforce immigration laws.

The bill's sponsor told lawmakers the 50,000 undocumented immigrants in Kentucky cost the state money and contribute to crime.

"Fraudulent use of social security numbers in Kentucky by illegal aliens range from between 9 and 32,000. Crime is a problem. For the sake of the commonwealth, and the sake of those being abused by the system as it is, let's not turn a blind eye to this issue," Marion Rep. Lynn Bechler said.

Opponents say communities should be free to decide the sanctuary issue on their own.

Currently, there are no sanctuary cities in Kentucky.

House Bill 501 was introduced in the last session but never made it to the floor for a vote.

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