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SANCTUARY CITIES: Should Local and State Governments Adopt Policies That Protect Undocumented Immigrants from Deportation?
Local governments have a responsibility to protect immigrants by establishing themselves as sanctuaries. Requiring local law enforcement to serve as immigration agents erodes trust between the police and immigrant communities. The U.S. government cannot commandeer local resources to further its extreme anti-immigrant agenda.
Sanctuary cities prioritize illegal immigrants over public safety. It is the responsibility of local governments to help immigration agents deport potentially dangerous criminals. The U.S. government—not the states—has the power to craft immigration policy, and it should defund cities that attempt to obstruct immigration law enforcement.
Let your students review the facts and decide for themselves: Should local and state governments adopt policies that protect undocumented immigrants from deportation? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this timely issue. Enhance the debate with the discussion questions, “By the Numbers” data, primary sources, court cases, audio and video content, infographics, editorials, and newsfeed that are linked to the article.
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