‘Immigration’ has been on the tongues of politicians and others alike, in campaign promises ‘for’ or ‘against,’ and enmeshed in a number of heated discussions. No one has as yet seriously moved to stabilize the residency of undocumented immigrants who were initially invited to the US by employers in an act that undercut wages for working Americans.
Consequently, Sanctuary Cities have made a move – one that relieves those who are undocumented and living within their city limits from stress and fear. Federal immigration officials rely on local police to assist with oversight of immigration within local jurisdictions. But local authorities are not required to detain undocumented immigrants upon request. Federal courts across the country have overwhelmingly supported local officials with repeated decisions that the compliance of local officials with requests from federal immigration officials is voluntary.
The long-time question of immigration having been left in limbo means that the fate of many immigrants is left as unresolved. With comprehension of the situation and compassion for those who must live under uncertain conditions, sanctuary cities have stepped up to relieve the stress of undocumented living within their borders. Within the city limits of sanctuary cities, undocumented residents are not automatically asked for proof of citizenship when questioned by city authorities on unrelated matters.
However, as part of Trump’s anti-immigration policy, federal immigration officials are apparently targeting the records of immigrants who have had any interaction with local law enforcement, negating the effect of sanctuary cities. The following article explains the issue in more detail.