The Department of Homeland Security detains and deports hundreds of thousands of immigrants every year. The massive immigration enforcement regime has devastating effects on immigrant families and communities.
Amidst looming threats of mass deportation from the incoming administration, what is the role of local governments and local law enforcement?
Our findings indicate that the majority of localities across the country spend their own resources assisting with federal immigration enforcement.
There are many ways that cities and counties can lawfully provide sanctuary for immigrants. At the root, they must work to keep families together and safe.
We strongly urge county and state officials to take immediate steps to adopt or strengthen the policies outlined within this report.
Though sanctuary cities will continue to play an important role, we need more county and states to delineate themselves from federal immigration enforcement and protect theircommunities.