How Safe are ‘Sanctuary Cities’?

For Amada Morales, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala who has taken refuge in a New York church with her family, it’s a question of life or death. Identified in an ICE database after a driving offense, she is subject to deportation and a return to a homeland where she believes her children’s lives would be in danger.

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Will Court Sports Betting Decision Weaken Feds’ Fight Against Sanctuary Cities?

The Supreme Court ruling striking down a federal law that prohibits states from allowing betting on sports backs a robust reading of the Constitution’s 10th Amendment, which limits Washington’s power to force policies on the states—and it suggests the feds “can’t require state or local officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities,” according to the Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro.

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Double Jeopardy, Sanctuary Cities, and the Kate Steinle Case

The feds want to prosecute José Garcia Zarate after he was already acquitted in a California court on a murder charge in the Steinle shooting, to underline their hardline immigration policies. But the Court, which is considering another case involving Fifth Amendment protections against double jeopardy, may have the ultimate say.

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You’re Safer in a ‘Sanctuary City,’ says New Study

A California study rebuts arguments that urban counties which limit or refuse  cooperation with immigration authorities in reporting undocumented immigrants are breeding grounds for crime. In particular, white residents of sanctuary cities are 62 percent less likely to die from gun violence than their counterparts elsewhere, the study found.

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Sessions Escalates Threats Against Sanctuary Cities

The attorney general says coveted federal grants will be withheld from cities unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails and provide advance notice when someone in the country illegally is about to be released. Among the grants at stake: a popular program that provides police money to buy bulletproof vests and body cameras.