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ABA Journal: Sanctuary policies pit state and local governments against federal immigration official


Sanctuary cities are in the news—and the courts—as federal, state and local governments find themselves in conflict over immigration enforcement.

It is this quandary that prompted “Sanctuary Cities: The New Federalism and Role of the State & Local Govts in Addressing Undocumented Immigrants,” a CLE session sponsored by the Section of State and Local Government Law on Friday at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York City.

One of the primary misunderstandings about sanctuary cities is the term itself. There is no standard definition for what constitutes a sanctuary city or state. According to Ron Kramer, the vice chair of the section and moderator of the panel, although between 200 and 300 sanctuary cities exist, some that proudly declare themselves sanctuary cities cooperate more with federal immigration officials than others that do not. ... Read the full story by Lee Rawles.


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