Sanctuary Cities

Sunday, November 17, 2019

What is it

In the U.S. there are over 500 sanctuary cities—municipalities that limit their cooperation with the federal government’s immigration law enforcement. Although opponents portray sanctuary cities as besieged by crime, empirical data does not bear out such claims. But what actually justifies sanctuary policies in the first place? Do appeals to public health or safety warrant these measures? Or should lack of cooperation be seen as an act of resistance against unjust federal policies? And how should local municipalities respond to claims that they lack the authority to impede federal immigration enforcement? John and Ken find sanctuary with Shelley Wilcox from SFSU, author of “How Can Sanctuary Policies be Justified?”

 

Shelley Wilcox, Professor of Philosophy, San Francisco State University

 

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