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The Who, What, Where, and Weaknesses of Sanctuary Cities - Rewire
Since the election, mayors from across the country have stepped forward to reassure undocumented immigrants that they are safe in their cities. An existing ICE program, however, means that may not necessarily be the case. Nov 23 2016.

Alexis Teodoro, an organizer with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, told Rewire that over the years, the idea of “sanctuary” has become somewhat symbolic, as many jurisdictions offer little more than statements of solidarity, rather than “law-binding policies that have accountability measures.”

Teodoro cited the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) as a perfect example of this. Many were happy to hear the LAPD’s recent announcement that it will not cooperate with ICE. But for years, the LAPD has collaborated with ICE on “joint” enforcement and removal operations. Teodoro strongly believes this will continue through the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)’s National Gang Unit, which forges partnerships with local law enforcement and creates a direct link between the criminal justice system and the detention system.

“The devil is in the details. City sanctuary resolutions are just simple statements. What cities need is a local, law-binding [resolution] with accountability measures in place.” Such measures, he said, should hold police responsible if they go against “sanctuary city” policies and help to shield city agencies hoping to better protect vulnerable, undocumented community members.

Not all states have the same policies for sanctuary cities, and there is no unifying definition or law in the more than 200 jurisdictions that identify themselves as such. The Atlantic‘s CityLab recently compiled a list of major cities with policies on the books vowing to protect undocumented immigrants. Some, like Chicago’s, go back 30 years; other cities, like Philadelphia, seem to be moving away from the the phrase “sanctuary city,” minimizing the focus on undocumented immigrants while maintaining the policy.

Alberta, Canada

We’re experiencing our first blast of winter here in Banff National Park. It was -25C when I took this self-portrait last night at Lake Minnewanka. The dreamy, snowy frame looks like a Photoshop action but it’s just a headlamp casting light on the softly falling snow.

by Paul Zizka from Canada 

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