U.S. demands documents from immigrants in 'sanctuary cities'


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President Donald J. Trump is living up to his campaign promise to crackdown on what are known as “sanctuary cities.”

The U.S. Justice Department requested immigration records from 23 police departments of major metropolitan areas. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to issue subpoenas if city governments fail to comply with the order (Fox News).

“Protecting criminal aliens from federal immigration authorities defies common sense and undermines the rule of law,” Sessions wrote in an official statement.  

The term sanctuary city refers to a common local policing policy to not share the immigration status of their arrests with federal authorities.

Supporters of the practice say that it preserves much-needed trust between immigrant communities and anti-crime efforts. The argument is that an undocumented immigrant will be less willing to report a crime, or cooperate with local police, if they fear being deported.

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