Sanctuary jurisdictions are state and local governments which have decided to limit the ability of their law enforcement agencies to detect and apprehend illegal aliens.
Sanctuary legislation signed into law by Governor Jared Polis in May will compel law enforcement officials in Colorado to release a dangerous criminal alien from custody. ICE has lodged two immigration detainers on the suspect, but county jail officials will be forced to ignore them.
Proposition 205, an initiative to declare Tucson, Arizona a sanctuary city is on the ballot in Tucson on November 5, 2019. Backed by an array of leftist groups, the initiative would severely restrict ability of law enforcement officers and city employees to determine people's citizenship status.
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson, an ally of President Donald Trump, supports an initiative to prevent Massachusetts from becoming a sanctuary state. This proposed legislation would permit local authorities to cooperate with ICE in detaining illegal aliens.
King County, WA, severs its connection with LInX, an important law enforcement information sharing system that enables investigators to search for data across jurisdictional boundaries. This federal system helps them to prevent, stop and solve crimes.
The New Jersey State government is demanding that sheriffs in Monmouth County and Cape May County discontinue cooperation with ICE, wherein information on criminals who are in the country illegally is turned over to federal immigration authorities.
Oregon, the first sanctuary state, will receive federal criminal justice funding which the Trump administration tried to block, in an attempt to compel sanctuary jurisdictions to cooperate with federal immigration law enforcement agencies.