Sanctuary cities

Sanctuary city refers to municipal jurisdictions, typically in North America and Western Europe, that limit their cooperation with the national government's effort to enforce immigration law. Leaders of sanctuary cities want to reduce the fear of deportation and possible family break-up among people 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 children in school.
Follow the latest discussion about illegal or undocumented immigrants and the cities that protect them.
  • Fung: We Will Not Be A Sanctuary State
    Portsmouth, RI Patch

    Fung: We Will Not Be A Sanctuary State

    CRANSTON, RI—Mayor Allan Fung, Republican candidate for governor, will notify federal immigration when a criminal who entered the U.S. illegally is in custody, his campaign said Friday. "The number one responsibility of our government, whether it's the City of Cranston or the State of Rhode Island, is protecting our citizens," Fung said in a press release. "We have a lot of work to do. Unfortunately, under Governor Raimondo, Rhode Island had the highest murder rate in the region in 2016. The steps we have taken this week ensure that criminals who are here illegally will be identified to federal authorities, so that they cannot continue to commit crimes in our city." Fung signed an agreement with

  • Fung: We Will Not Be A Sanctuary State
    Narragansett-South Kingstown, RI Patch

    Fung: We Will Not Be A Sanctuary State

    CRANSTON, RI—Mayor Allan Fung, Republican candidate for governor, will notify federal immigration when a criminal who entered the U.S. illegally is in custody, his campaign said Friday. "The number one responsibility of our government, whether it's the City of Cranston or the State of Rhode Island, is protecting our citizens," Fung said in a press release. "We have a lot of work to do. Unfortunately, under Governor Raimondo, Rhode Island had the highest murder rate in the region in 2016. The steps we have taken this week ensure that criminals who are here illegally will be identified to federal authorities, so that they cannot continue to commit crimes in our city." Fung signed an agreement with

  • WSMV Nashville

    Court strikes down Trump push to cut 'sanctuary city' funds

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down a key part of President Donald Trump's contentious effort to crack down on cities and states that limit cooperation with immigration officials, saying an executive order threatening to cut funding for "sanctuary cities" was unconstitutional. In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that the order exceeded the president's authority. Congress alone controls spending under the U.S. Constitution, and presidents do not have the power to withhold funding it approves to pursue their policy goals, the court majority said. "By its plain terms, the executive order directs the agencies of

  • Channel 8 San Diego

    Court strikes down Trump push to cut 'sanctuary city' funds

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down a key part of President Donald Trump's contentious effort to crack down on cities and states that limit cooperation with immigration officials, saying an executive order threatening to cut funding for "sanctuary cities" was unconstitutional. In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that the order exceeded the president's authority. Congress alone controls spending under the U.S. Constitution, and presidents do not have the power to withhold funding it approves to pursue their policy goals, the court majority said. "By its plain terms, the executive order directs the agencies of

  • Court strikes down Trump push to cut 'sanctuary city' funds
    Pioneer Press

    Court strikes down Trump push to cut 'sanctuary city' funds

    SAN FRANCISCO — A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down a key part of President Donald Trump's contentious effort to crack down on cities and states that limit cooperation with immigration officials, saying an executive order threatening to cut funding for “sanctuary cities” was unconstitutional. In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that the order exceeded the president's authority. Congress alone controls spending under the U.S. Constitution, and presidents do not have the power to withhold funding it approves to pursue their policy goals, the court majority said. “By its plain terms, the executive order directs the agencies of the

  • Court strikes down Trump push to cut 'sanctuary city' funds
    Associated Press

    Court strikes down Trump push to cut 'sanctuary city' funds

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down a key part of President Donald Trump's contentious effort to crack down on cities and states that limit cooperation with immigration officials, saying an executive order threatening to cut funding for "sanctuary cities" was unconstitutional.

  • Court strikes down Trump push to cut 'sanctuary city' funds
    Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

    Court strikes down Trump push to cut 'sanctuary city' funds

    SAN FRANCISCO — A divided U.S. appeals court on Wednesday struck down a key part of President Donald Trump's contentious effort to crack down on cities and states that limit cooperation with immigration officials, saying an executive order threatening to cut funding for "sanctuary cities" was unconstitutional. In a 2-1 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court that the order exceeded the president's authority. Congress alone controls spending under the U.S. Constitution, and presidents do not have the power to withhold funding it approves to pursue their policy goals, the court majority said. "By its plain terms, the executive order directs the agencies of the

  • Judge Rules In Chicago's Favor In Sanctuary City Suit
    Yahoo View

    Judge Rules In Chicago's Favor In Sanctuary City Suit

    The city sued after the DOJ tried to withhold federal law enforcement grant money because of its so-called sanctuary city policies.

  • Judge Blocks U.S. Withholding of Funds From Sanctuary Cities
    Bloomberg

    Judge Blocks U.S. Withholding of Funds From Sanctuary Cities

    For the second time, a federal judge in Chicago rejected a U.S. Justice Department plan to withhold law enforcement grants from so-called sanctuary cities and said his ruling applied nationwide. The city of Chicago sued the Justice Department, arguing that it’s policies of policing and cooperating with immigrant communities must be upheld. Chicago doesn’t cooperate with immigration authorities about the status of a suspect unless they are a known gang members or violent felons.

  • Philadelphia to further limit cooperation with ICE
    The Pueblo Chieftain

    Philadelphia to further limit cooperation with ICE

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia will stop giving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to a real-time arrest database, accusing the agency of misusing the information to target people who are in the country illegally but are otherwise not accused of any crimes, the mayor announced Friday. "We're not going to provide them with information so they can go out and round people up," Democrat Jim Kenney said. The decision by the mayor means the city will not renew the contract with ICE that expires Aug. 31. Two of three stakeholders in the contract — the city, the district attorney and the city courts — had to vote to end it. District Attorney Larry Krasner had said this month he would not

  • Philadelphia to stop giving ICE real-time arrest data
    Daily Mail

    Philadelphia to stop giving ICE real-time arrest data

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia will stop sharing real-time arrest data with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney announced Friday the city will not renew a contract with ICE that expires the end of August. Kenney says immigration officers have been using information from the database to go after law-abiding Philadelphia residents. He says such actions have created fear and distrust in the city's immigrant community and made it more difficult for police to solve crimes. As a "sanctuary city," Philadelphia had already curbed cooperation with immigration enforcement. It won't release inmates to ICE without a judicial warrant. The Trump administration wants to cut