University of Wisconsin–Madison

Local Options for Protecting Immigrants: A Collection of City and County Policies to Protect Immigrants from Discrimination and Deportation

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level County
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Housing, Public Safety
In response to President-elect Donald Trump's promise to deport two to three million immigrants when he takes office, many cities and counties across the United States are seeking to enact local policies (often referred to as "sanctuary" or "welcoming") to protect their immigrant residents. These policies seek to keep immigrant communities safe, ensure that all individuals are treated equally (regardless of immigration status) devote local resources to local priorities, and uphold the Constitution.

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