December 6, 2016

Four Ways Cities and States Can Become Sanctuaries Now

From providing legal representation to investing in education, localities can help shield immigrants from Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.

By Daniel Altschuler and Peter L. Markowitz

December 4, 2016 - The Nation - Donald Trump’s election signals the beginning of a potentially terrifying new era for immigrants across this country. The case for sanctuary is straightforward. When immigrants see local police as the gateway to immigration detention and deportation, they stop cooperating as witnesses and victims of crimes, and that makes everyone less safe. Progressives must respond by drawing a bright line between local, state and federal government, and pro-immigrant leaders must advance a positive vision of tolerance, welcoming, and equal opportunities for all.

Read more from Professor Markowitz in The Nation

"Trump has made clear, however, that he is less interested in creating safe and humane communities than in the political points he can score by vilifying immigrants as 'criminals' and 'rapists.'"