We’re just a little over one week out from Election Day and there is growing opposition to President-elect Donald Trump and his plans to deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants immediately. Trump has even promised to cut federal funding to cities that continue their sanctuary city status and policies. But sanctuary cities across the country are standing up for their undocumented residents and defying Trump’s plans.
So, what’s a sanctuary city?
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A sanctuary city is a city that has procedures to limit local law enforcement and government officials from aiding Immigration and Customs Enforcement from detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants. Here are some cities that are standing up for their undocumented resident.
Los Angeles Police Department came out strong vowing to protect undocumented immigrants.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) November 14, 2016
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck made it clear that the job of LAPD is not tied to helping with federal detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti doesn’t use the term sanctuary city – but stands by the undocumented community of LA.
“We cooperate all the time with federal immigration officials when there are criminals that are in our midst and need to be deported,” Garcetti told immigrant rights advocates during a meeting, according to the LA Times. “With that said, we’re a very welcoming city, where our law enforcement officers and LAPD don’t go around asking people for their papers, nor should they.”
Chicago’s mayor has also voiced his commitment to protect undocumented immigrants in the Midwest city.
— DNAinfo Chicago (@DNAinfoCHI) November 13, 2016
“To all those who are, after Tuesday’s election, very nervous and filled with anxiety, you are safe in Chicago, you are secure in Chicago and you are supported in Chicago,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a news conference, according to NPR. “Chicago has in the past been a sanctuary city. It always will be a sanctuary city.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to protect undocumented immigrants by withholding information obtained by the IDNYC program.
You get the sense that de Blasio just launched his re-election campaign—against Trump—regardless of who his actual opponent on the ballot is pic.twitter.com/CnsciOqkdu
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) November 16, 2016
IDNYC was launched in 2015 to offer New York City residents government issued IDs, regardless of immigration status, to help them get access to services that require IDs. Trump’s victory on Nov. 8 has prompted de Blasio to hint at a possible move by New York City to delete all the information on the IDNYC database.
“So on something like [the database], I think because it touches that button directly of whether people’s personal privacy is going to be respected, I think that’s one where there would be a real fight,” Mayor de Blasio said during a press conference, according to CNN. “As you know there’s been an ongoing plan regardless of any electoral activity how long records are kept. Given this new reality we’re certainly going to assess how we should handle it.”
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee took to Twitter proclaiming that San Francisco will always be a sanctuary city.
Being a sanctuary city is in our DNA. San Francisco will never be anything other than a sanctuary city. #SF
— Mayor Ed Lee (@mayoredlee) November 10, 2016
“Let us come together to show the nation and the world what we have always known, anything is possible when we are united for the common good,” Mayor Lee said in a statement, according to NBC Bay Area.
Seattle’s Mayor, Ed Murray, had some strong language to go against Trump’s threats of mass deportation.
— Seattle City Council (@SeattleCouncil) November 9, 2016
“These are our neighbors, and we will continue to support our neighbors,” Murray told Seattle residents during a press conference, according to The Seattle Times. “We can’t allow ourselves to be divided and sorted out. That’s not America.”
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, the son of Guatemalan immigrants, joined his New England neighbors to stand against the threats of mass deportation.
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) November 16, 2016
Providence, Rhode Island is not officially designated as a sanctuary city, but the mayor has vowed to protect undocumented immigrants who called Providence home. Providence does work with federal enforcement officials when undocumented immigrants charged with a crime but not for “simple civil infractions,” according to The Providence Journal.
“I’ve been in touch with both mayors [of New York City and Los Angeles] and I’ve told them that we’re going to stand together on this,” Elorza told The Providence Journal. “We’re not going to sacrifice any of our people and we’re going to continue with the policy we’ve always had.”
The host city of the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia.
— PhillyVoice (@thephillyvoice) November 12, 2016
Earlier this year, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney restored the city’s status as a sanctuary city. The decision effectively barring law enforcement officers and prison officials from disclosing undocumented immigrants to federal immigration agents.
“First of all, we’ve changed the name from ‘sanctuary city’ to ‘the Fourth Amendment city,'” Mayor Kenney told Philly.com. “We respect and live up to the Fourth Amendment, which means you can’t be held against your will without a warrant from the court signed by a judge. So, yeah, we will continue to be a Fourth Amendment city abiding by the Constitution.”
“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, and we’ll see how it goes and we’ll try to figure something out,” Mayor Kenney added when asked about the threat of losing federal funding.
The nation’s capitol is even pledging their commitment to protect undocumented immigrants from being forcibly deported.
The values, laws, and policies of Washington, DC did not change on Election Day. pic.twitter.com/5DbbX48Ago
— MurielBowser (@MurielBowser) November 14, 2016
“The values, laws, and policies of Washington, DC did not change on Election Day. We celebrate diversity and respect all DC residents no matter their immigration status,” Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote in a post-election statement. “We are a sanctuary city because we know that our neighborhoods are safer and stronger when no one is afraid to call on our government for help, and when our police can focus protecting and serving.”
Just next door to New York City, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka is standing with undocumented immigrants of New Jersey.
Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka says he won’t comply with Trump's immigration plans: pic.twitter.com/SpFFPWHPa4
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 14, 2016
Newark, New Jersey has a similar set of policies in place to protect undocumented citizens like New York City and Los Angeles. The city will not detain undocumented immigrants without a judge’s request and Mayor Baraka doesn’t seem to be wanting to change those policies.
“We are not going to sacrifice thousands of people who live among us, who are part of our community, and who contribute to the economy and vitality of Newark,” Mayor Baraka said in a statement. “We are not going to tear families apart.”
Portland, Oregon’s new mayor-elect, Ted Wheeler, is already making big announcements by promising to protect Portland’s sanctuary city status.
— Portland OR (@PoRRtlandOR) November 16, 2016
“Portland is a city that values inclusion, diversity, and has been welcoming to thousands of people from around the world who now proudly call the Rose City home,” Wheeler told Willamette Weekly. “We will always see ourselves as a sanctuary city, and we will continue to be welcoming to everyone. President-Elect Donald Trump will be the president of all of America, and that requires an understanding of the values that drive Portland and other cities. These are our values.”
Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Mayor Betsy Hodges released a statement via Facebook to comfort all minorities who feel threatened by a Trump presidency.
To those who awoke afraid and more vulnerable to a President who has pledged to attack you: I stand with you, your city…
“That is not an invitation to naiveté. People’s lives, livelihoods, safety, and well-being are at stake,” Mayor Hodges wrote on Facebook. “We must continue, as always, to take a stand against what is coming, to fight for and with people against the meanness that is upon us. We must continue, as always, to stand for what is best in us as people – helping rather than hindering, inclusion rather than division.”
To all these mayors standing up for the residents in their cities…
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We applaude you 💗.