[-empyre-] Shadows in the Dawn

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Fri Mar 17 08:43:38 AEDT 2017

The best online site explaining them - with a list of cities is
Rhode Island is also a sanctuary state; there are a number of others.
I spoke to police representatives here; they can't interfere with 
immigration agents, but they will not aid them. In other words, the 
federal system takes precedence, but a lot of places will do all they can 
do, within legal boundaries, to aid immigrants and refugees.

Here's a small part of the introduction from the site:

"By Steve Salvi, Founder, OJJPAC.org

                                     In 1996, the 104th U.S. Congress 
passed Pub. L. 104-208, also known as the Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA ). The IIRIRA requires local 
governments to cooperate with Department of Homeland Security's 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency.  Despite the IIRIRA, 
hundreds of urban, suburban, and rural communities have ignored the law 
and adopted so-called "sanctuary policies."

                                      Generally, sanctuary policies 
instruct local or state government employees not to notify the federal 
government of the presence of illegal aliens living in or passing through 
their communities, counties, or states. These policies may also blur the 
legal distinction between legal resident aliens and illegal aliens, so 
illegal aliens can have access to the same taxpayer funded programs and 
benefits available to legal permanent resident aliens.

                                 Sanctuary policies exist in two forms, 
formal and informal (de facto).

                                      A formal sanctuary policy is a 
written policy enacted a local government body in the form of a 
resolution, ordinance, or administrative action--general or special 
orders, or departmental policies.  Formal sanctuary cities are the easiest 
to identify because these sanctuary policies are in writing and are 
subject to public records requests by citizens and the press."

I'm not sure of the politics of the site; some other sites dealing with 
the issue are clearly right-wing, and some right-wing sites seem to 
attempt to appear neutral.

Personally I expect violence and there is tremendous fear and trauma in 
many immigrant communities as a result of Trump's policies.

- Alan

On Thu, 16 Mar 2017, Johannes Birringer wrote:

> This made we wonder if some of you could perhaps speak about what a sanctuary city would be able to do, politically/legally and whom it could protect
> and how?
> sincerely
> Johannes Birringer
> dap-lab

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