Thousands across the state are keeping a close eye on Gov. Bill Haslam this week.

They’re waiting to see what he will do with the anti-sanctuary city bill.

On Tuesday night opponents of the potential law showed up in force.

Hundreds gathered in downtown Nashville and marched to the governor’s office demanding he veto the bill.

“It would mean no matter what, walking in the street, a police officer could ask them for their papers,” said Stephanie Teatro, Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. “When they show up to a parent-teacher meeting they would have to show their papers. That’s not the community we want to live in.”

Governor Haslam has until May 22 to sign the bill or to veto it. If he does neither, the unsigned bill will become law.

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