By 1600 Staff
In early 2017, Public Radio International reported that 92 percent of Americans live in sanctuary jurisdictions. During the Obama era, the number of sanctuary jurisdictions grew by 650%. President Trump vowed as a candidate to end sanctuary cities, and it appears that in spite of stiff resistance, it is happening.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates that only 49 percent of Americans currently live in sanctuary jurisdictions, which is remarkable given that the number of sanctuaries has grown. In the last year, states like Texas and Iowa have enacted laws against sanctuary cities and the noncompliance with federal immigration law by local authorities.
The shift shows a culture change, namely that areas that oppose the Trump administration’s push against Sanctuary Cities are changing their laws to block cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. As President Trump’s Executive Order on the matter goes before the Supreme Court, a favorable ruling means that the federal government will withhold funds against jurisdictions that disregard the law, which will likely decrease the sanctuary city population even further, as localities that cannot replace federal funds comply.
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