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What’s a Sanctuary City?

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How sanctuary cities work, and how Trump’s executive order might affect them

By Darla Cameron

Updated: Jan. 25, 2017

President Trump released an executive order on Wednesday to support immigration enforcement and punish local governments that don’t comply with federal authorities. In some so-called “sanctuary cities,” officials refuse to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation. Because jails are typically run by counties, rather than cities, county policies can matter more to immigrants.

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