What It Means to Be a 'Sanctuary City' for Undocumented Immigrants


What It Means to Be a 'Sanctuary City' for Undocumented Immigrants

Police departments and mayors across the country say they won't cooperate with President-elect's Trump deportation plans. say it's not their job and will be not turning in every undocumented immigrant who is accused of committing a "minor crime".

Emanuel has declared Chicago to be a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants and said that it will not aid in any deportations.

Sanctuary cities are ones where police are not required to notify customs and immigration officials if they encounter undocumented immigrants. You are secure in Chicago, .

But during his emotional speech on the City Council floor, Emanuel could not resist the opportunity to accuse Trump of sending a unsafe message with his appointment of Steve Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, to serve as chief strategist and senior counselor in the Trump White House.

San Francisco went further and refused to cooperate with federal immigration officials. The loss of federal funding could be staggering.

Trump told CBS's "60 Minutes" that he plans to deport or imprison 2 to 3 million people in the country illegally who are "criminals and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers". Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a statement Saturday that she could continue to "stand by and fight for immigrants" in Minneapolis, claiming that doing otherwise would compromise the city's safety. When asked what he would tell concerned Muslim residents, de Blasio said, "We have your back". He was free to kill Steinle because he had been released from jail by San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi as a result of the city's sanctuary policy.

Leaders in San Francisco also plan to maintain its sanctuary city status, despite the potential loss of $480 million it receives from the federal government and almost $900 million in federal pass-through money the city receives from the state of California.

"Chicago has in the past been a sanctuary city".

The fee is expected to add $9.2 million to the city's coffers and help pay for the new police personnel. "Witnesses and victims of crimes won't come forward if they think our police officers will question or detain them about their immigration status". Trump's message of law and order resonates for that very reason. "We are not going to tear families apart". The Justice Department released a memo in May saying Chicago could stand to lose almost $29 million in annual justice grants if found to be in violation of federal laws on detaining people to be turned over for possible deportation.

Immigrant advocates say they are anxious Trump's plans will wind up deporting more than violent criminals and they are gearing up for a fight.

Trump said at a presidential debate in October: 'We have some bad hombres here and we're going to get them out'.



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