Sanctuary Cities and Counties


Sanctuary cities and counties have official or unofficial policies that support illegal immigrants varying from:

  • Refusing to turn over illegal immigrants to the federal government for deportation.  Because jails are typically run by counties, rather than cities, county policies can matter more to immigrants.
  • Will not use municipal funds or resources to enforce national immigration laws
  • Will not follow federal requests to hold arrestees in jail due to their

    immigration status

  • Forbid police or municipal employees to inquire about a person’s immigration status.

List of Sanctuary laws around the country

During the first week of Trump’s presidency, he passed an executive order to cut off federal funding from sanctuary cities, states and other entities which refuse to turn over undocumented immigrants to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). These cuts could cost these cities billions in funding for things like homeless shelters, police, schools, etc.

Trump orders his administration to publish weekly lists of illegal immigration crimes to increase racism in Sanctuary cities. to shame and increase racism in Sanctuary Cities.

Many sanctuary cities across the country has renewed their promises to protect illegal immigrants, despite threats of losing funding.


Sanctuary Cities Often are Safer

According to NPR,

“On average, counties that did not comply with ICE requests experienced 35.5 fewer crimes per 10,000 people than those that did. Wong also found that counties that did not comply with detainer requests had higher household incomes, lower rates of unemployment, lower rates of poverty, and were less likely to have children under 18 in households receiving public benefits.

The crime numbers did not surprise Wong. Research has shown that working with federal immigration enforcement made it harder for local police agencies to investigate crimes because witnesses and victims who were in the country illegally would be less likely to come forward if they thought they risked being detained and deported. It could be that sanctuary counties have immigrant populations who are more integrated into their social fabric and economies, he said.”

Trust Acts

The California TRUST Act went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. All counties in California must follow this law, which limits cruel and costly immigration “hold” requests in local jails.
With TRUST, immigrant crime victims and witnesses will be able to come forward and cooperate with police without fear of deportation. This will rebuild confidence in local law enforcement that’s been badly damaged by the “Secure” Communities or S-Comm deportation dragnet.  

CASA de Maryland Trust Act Campagin


Learn More

NPR: Why Sanctuary Cities Are Safer

Washington Post: How sanctuary cities work, and how Trump’s executive order might affect them

Wikipedia: Sanctuary Cities

Rolling Stones: How Sanctuary Cities Are Plotting to Resist Trump

Follow Campaign

Sanctuary Campus Movement

  • Resources to create sanctuary spaces on campuses


Immigrant Defense Project

National Network for Immigration and Refugee Rights

International Refugee Assistant Project

American Immigration Council

Reform Immigration for America

Petition: Tell Your Mayor to Defy Trump, Expand Sanctuary

Petition: Mayors: #DontGiveIn to Trump. Expand Sanctuary