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Case of Detained US Citizen in Florida Could Challenge Trump Efforts on Sanctuary Cities

The Trump Administration’s attempts at cracking down on so-called “sanctuary cities” is continuing, with reports today that Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice is reviewing whether ten jurisdictions around the nation are in compliance with a provision of immigration law, as they claim to be. A case coming out of Miami, however, could challenge the Administration’s efforts … Continue reading »

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Ex-AG Eric Holder Support California’s Pro-Immigrant and Pro-Public Safety SB54 Bill

California, long a national leader in pro-immigrant policymaking, is poised to once again provide a powerful example of how states can stand up for immigrants and protect public safety for all. At a press conference yesterday, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck joined with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and California State Senate Leader … Continue reading »

Columbus City Council’s Ordinance Protecting Immigrants Is A Strong Step In The Right Direction

On Monday night, the Columbus City Council unanimously voted to formalize Mayor Andrew Ginther’s executive order making Columbus, Ohio a refuge for immigrants. The new ordinance passed by the council prohibits city workers from using city money, equipment or personnel solely to find and apprehend people based on their suspected immigration status, unless it is … Continue reading »

DHS Secretary Kelly On Kids Who Flee Violence of Central America and Seek Safety and Family in America: “This is a Huge Scam”

John Kelly reveals his true colors Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was on Capitol Hill this week testifying in front of both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget. Early in Trump’s presidency, many hoped Kelly would turn out to be an “adult in the room” who … Continue reading »

Sessions Capitulates on Defunding Sanctuary Cities On Monday, and then Launches a Sneak Attack on Tuesday

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions seemed to back down on his crusade to defund so-called “sanctuary cities” — jurisdictions that prioritize public safety for all, rather than deportation for all. In effect, he capitulated to a San Francisco court order and admitted that his threats to defund such cities were toothless. Here’s why: 1) the current … Continue reading »

Round-Up: Across the Nation, Immigrants Are Too Afraid of Deportation to Report Crime

Every day, we see more reports of mass deportation from Donald Trump’s Administration, whether it’s a Dreamer who is being threatened despite DACA or a father who has been checking in with ICE for years — only to suddenly be told to buy a plane ticket “home” after spending decades in the US. Mass deportation … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: ‘It’s about public safety, stupid’

Trump’s relentless demonization of immigrants and communities that welcome them suffers setback in courts Yesterday, a federal judge ruled against the Trump Administration’s efforts to withhold funds from sanctuary cities. In addition to legal setbacks, the nativist agenda of the President Trump, Attorney General Sessions and DHS Secretary Kelly is facing increased opposition from the … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is a Sanctuary City?

There’s no single definition of what is a sanctuary city, but generally speaking, it’s a city (or a county) that limits its cooperation with federal immigration enforcement agents in order to protect low-priority immigrants from deportation. Table of Contents Sanctuary cities: what is a sanctuary city? The case of Alex Why are sanctuary cities important? … Continue reading »

Sessions’ Letter Threatening Sanctuary Cities is Empty and Misguided Threat

Jeff Sessions has been angling for a greater role in immigration enforcement for his Department of Justice, and last Friday he fired another salvo, threatening nine jurisdictions with decreased federal funding over their “sanctuary city” policies. Sessions sent letters to the state of California; the cities of Chicago, New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia; and the counties … Continue reading »

After Intense Blowback, Trump and Kelly Stop Publishing Weekly Attack Against Sanctuary Cities

The Trump Administration is at least temporarily walking back its decision to weekly publish a list of cities and counties it deems too friendly to immigrants. The administration had only gotten around to publishing, it seems, two reports, but said that it would stop after an outcry over misleading and false information in the documents. It’s … Continue reading »

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