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? Josh and Ken find sanctuary with Shelley Wilcox from SF State University, author of “How Can Sanctuary Policies be Justified?”

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Harold G. Neuman

Monday, October 28, 2019 -- 12:56 PM

If we are to remain a great

If we are to remain a great nation, founded by immigrants and remaining a melting pot of freedom for all, there may be a need for something like sanctuary cities. In the current political climate, this is a hotly debated issue, but unless we wish to willfully change some of our founding fathers' foundations, we cannot (without hypocrisy) change our collective mind about whether immigration is desirable. That would amount to revisionism, itself hypocritical by almost any measure. So, the dialog and debate will continue. I received an email from a state senator (marked spam by my filter). He wanted to know what was on my mind. So, I told him. I suspect others in other states will be getting such queries between now and November, 2020. I do not know if sanctuary cities are what are needed. I do know the whole idea is important to our notions about democracy. Maybe someone will come up with a better idea?


Shelley Wilcox, Professor of Philosophy, San Francisco State University


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