The State of Sanctuary


A sanctuary city limits cooperation with the federal government's effort to enforce immigration law. Sanctuary cities reduce the fear of deportation and possible family break-up among those who are in the country illegally so that such people will be more willing to report crimes, use health and social services, and enroll their kids in school.

These policies prohibit public employees from questioning people about their immigration status and refuses requests by immigration authorities to detain people beyond their release date if they are jailed for breaking local law.

In a 1-2 Trump-punch, a federal judge has blocked it from denying grants to sanctuary cities and The California legislature has voted to become a sanctuary state.

Trump's crackdown on 'sanctuary cities' blocked nationwide by federal judge

Defying Trump, California lawmakers vote to become 'sanctuary state'

California bill protecting immigrants closer to approval

Judge blocks Trump administration from withholding grant money from “sanctuary” cities

Judge rules Justice Department can’t keep grant money from uncooperative sanctuary cities

A judge has blocked new Trump administration rules aimed at sanctuary cities

Legislature declares California will be a 'sanctuary state'

In New York, Cuomo restricts officials from asking about immigration status



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