[-empyre-] Shadows in the Dawn
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.
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?
> Johannes Birringer
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