These states have banned sanctuary cities
That’s because a controversial question is increasingly becoming a political lightning rod: Can local governments limit their cooperation with the feds when it comes to immigration enforcement?
President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have answered with a resounding no, vowing to strip funding from sanctuary cities. Some local governments have fired back with lawsuits and maintained that they won’t go out of their way to help an immigration crackdown that puts members of their communities at risk.
Here’s a look at other states that have passed measures banning sanctuary cities, and states that are weighing whether to take similar steps:There aren’t currently any sanctuary cities in , but that didn’t stop state lawmakers from approving a ban on them earlier this year, according to The Hill.
The measure blocks counties, cities and colleges “from creating, planning, implementing, assisting, participating in, or enabling a sanctuary policy.”Lawmakers in this Southern state passed a ban on sanctuary cities well before Trump took office. Then Gov. Pat McCrory signed the measure back in 2015.
Now legislators have taken up the matter again.
Last year the state also passed a measure requiring local governments to submit an annual certification that they don’t have sanctuary policies in order to receive government funds. Now a state senator says he’s proposing a new measure that “has teeth.” SB 155 says local governments that adopt or enact a sanctuary policy won’t be eligible for state funding until they rescind or repeal the measure.
There aren’t officially any sanctuary cities in the state, according to The Tennessean. But state Sen. Mark Green told the newspaper he’s worried that some local governments are picking and choosing which laws they enforce.
States where bills are pending
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, in addition to the states detailed above, at least 20 states are weighing measures against sanctuary policies: