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 say they want to reduce 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.
  • Judge allows Tucson sanctuary city vote to go forward
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Judge allows Tucson sanctuary city vote to go forward

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge will allow Tucson voters to decide whether their town should become Arizona's first "sanctuary city." Pima County Superior Court judge Douglas Metcalf on Friday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block the initiative from a November election. The Arizona Daily Star reports three Tucson residents challenged signatures used to get the initiative on the ballot. The Tucson City Council voted in 2012 to designate the city officially as an "immigrant-welcoming city," but officials say they never declared Tucson a sanctuary city. Tucson has no policies restricting police from enforcing federal immigration laws. Supporters say the initiative would add protections from President

  • WCBS Newsradio 880

    New Haven Mayor Issues Sanctuary City Executive Order

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  • New Haven mayor issues Sanctuary City executive order
    Houston Chronicle

    New Haven mayor issues Sanctuary City executive order

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — An executive order issued by Mayor Toni Harp continues New Haven's unofficial status as a sanctuary city. Harp introduced the order at a rally outside city hall on Wednesday. The order extends to all city employees a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Arrest" policy that currently requires police officers to avoid asking about a person's immigration status. The new order also does not officially make the city a sanctuary city, which is a community that limits immigration law cooperation between local and federal government. A proposed ordinance that would declare New Haven a sanctuary city is expected to come up at a Board of Alders meeting next month. Harp says she'll leave