NOTICE: A portion of the cities listed here were accumulated by
Ohio Jobs & Justice PAC for which we give them credit (see below *)
Sanctuary is a term for cities, counties, or states that are defying a federal law relative to the various government agencies being required to assist the federal government with their illegal immigrants. In 1996 a federal law was passed called the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIR) that requires local governments to cooperate with Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Contrary to this law, many of these governments are officially or unofficially defying the law and have passed various local policies to ignore the federal law and not question the status of suspected illegal immigrants. Those in defiance of the law prefer to call them undocumented workers and help protect the illegal immigrants from being deported.
States with one or more cities offering sanctuary to illegal immigrants
States offering sanctuary to illegal immigrants
One or more cities considering sanctuary status
No cities with sanctuary status
Recent illegal immigration and sanctuary city news updates:
* We have been contacted by Steve Salvi of Ohio Jobs & Justice PAC (OJJPAC.org) regarding the use of his sanctuary city list. Versions of his list are all over the internet, some of which make no reference to the source. The cities listed here came from a variety of lists and since then I have added to that base list. As a result the list here is from a variety of sources but we do want to acknowledge the hard work put in by Steve to create his list. Be sure to stop by his site for his latest list.