Voters in Tucson will cast their ballot Tuesday and determine whether the town will become the first ‘Sanctuary City’ in Arizona; setting the stage for a legal showdown with the state government and Trump administration.
“The measure is dividing progressives in a city where many are eager to send Trump a message but where others worry the move would only draw his ire without improving conditions for migrants,” reports the Associated Press. “A group of activists looking to give a voice to the city’s sizable Latino community started the initiative, known as Proposition 205. It would put new restrictions on when police can inquire about immigration status or cooperate with federal law enforcement.”
“It explicitly aims to neuter a 2010 Arizona immigration law known as SB1070, which drew mass protests and a boycott of the state. It prohibits sanctuary cities in Arizona and requires police, when enforcing other laws, to verify the immigration status of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. Courts threw out much of the law but upheld the requirement for officers to check immigration papers,” adds the AP.
“It will put into law that we will not, as we move forward, collaborate in the federal effort to terrorize, detain, separate and deport our community members,” said the Executive Director of the People’s Defense Initiative, the group behind Prop 205.
The Trump administration has launched multiple legal battles against similar legislation in California and elsewhere; arguing ‘Sanctuary’ policies encourage illegal immigration across the country.
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Source: Associated Press
BREAKING: Florida Legislature PASSES Bill to BAN Sanctuary City Policies Across the State
The Florida legislature voted Thursday to pass new legislation that would effectively ban Sanctuary City policies across the state; requiring all local police departments to comply with national immigration laws.
The bill passed the House by a 68-45 vote -with most Democrats opposed to the legislation- and the Senate by 22-18 along party lines.
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to sign the bill into law within days.
“We are a stronger state when we protect our residents, foster safe communities and respect the work of law enforcement at every level,” said DeSantis.
“The legislation would require local officials to honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers for undocumented immigrants who are arrested or convicted of a crime, exempting crime victims and witnesses. It would ban local governments from enacting sanctuary policies to protect those immigrants from deportation and require them to notify ICE when an inmate subject to a detainer is released,” reports Fox News.
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CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Residents FLEE SAN FRANCISCO Over Sanctuary City Laws, Rampant Crime
Residents are fleeing the San Francisco area at levels not seen in more than a decade as years of liberal policies take their toll; with locals decrying rampant drug use, Sanctuary City laws, and crippling taxes as the motivating factor to pack up and abandon the City by the Bay.
According to CBS News, more people are emigrating from the Bay Area than are moving in; making the region the “number one place” for out-migration in the nation. The crisis is reaching a fever pitch, with U-Haul business owners refusing to rent vans to those leaving town, fearing they won’t be able to retrieve their vehicles.
“I loved it here when I first got here. I really loved it here. But it’s just not the same,” said one software engineer. “We don’t like it here anymore. You know, we don’t like this sanctuary state status and just the politics.”
“Silicon Valley has been this place that is growing. And it was mostly due to people relocating here and relocating from other parts of the world. That’s changing,” said another executive in the technology industry.
Despite new guidelines distributed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, San Francisco refuses to comply with federal immigration policies; declaring itself a Sanctuary City and defying agencies determined to restrict the flow of illegal immigrants into California.