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LA Signs New Directive Order to Protect its Residents, Regardless of Immigration Status

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You know how there has been a lot of news and talk lately surrounding the discussion of immigration? Well, there is even more news. Now, Los Angeles police and city employees will not enforce federal immigration laws, as ordered by the new executive directive that Mayor Eric Garcetti just signed. The directive also says that all residents of the city, no matter immigration status, will have equal and fair access to city services.

Los Angeles is a city of many immigrants and it vows to protect its residents. This melting pot of cultures is what makes Los Angeles the thriving, budding city it is. The city is critical of immigration agents, who can technically, legally, identify themselves as police officers, which may or may not sway an immigrant’s interaction with them...

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California’s Sanctuary Cities

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Los Angeles is among California’s self-proclaimed sanctuary cities. There is no formal definition of a sanctuary city, but in general, it is one that vows to protect its immigrants from deportation. In the United States, there are an upwards of 300 sanctuary cities. Some tips for immigrants would be:

  • Make copies of your visas and green cards. Keep a copy safe at home, give copies to trusted loved ones, and carry a copy on you at all times.
  • If you are stopped by the police, you do not need to reveal your immigration status.
  • If you are arrested, you have the right to remain silent, the right to bail, and the right to a lawyer.
  • Your arrest does not prompt an automatic deportation. You actually have people fighting for you: family, friends, strangers, and non-profit groups.
  • You can get ...
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Where Are Our Sanctuary Cities?

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Though there is no formal legal definition of a “sanctuary city,” the United States is made up of about 300 cities, towns, and counties that call themselves one. These sanctuary cities call themselves so because they have vowed to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation. They do this by not questioning a person’s immigration status, by helping them get their children into schools, getting them healthcare, and more.

Sanctuary cities include: Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Berkeley, and Seattle. San Francisco is a particularly unique sanctuary city because it has an ordinance that prohibits it from using funds or resources to assist the federal immigration authorities unless explicitly required by a federal, state, or court order...

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Let’s Talk About Sanctuary Cities

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The Trump Presidency has brought fear to undocumented immigrants now more than ever. With such debate, many cities in the U.S. have vowed to protect its immigrants, and these cities have declared themselves “sanctuary cities.”

Sanctuary cities include: San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, and New York. An unofficial count identifies approximately 300 U.S. cities, towns, and counties as sanctuary cities. To protect undocumented immigrants from deportation, they limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. For example, the authorities may not be allowed to ask a person about their immigration status. These cities will also help undocumented immigrants get education and healthcare.

As much as cities will do what they can to protect undocumented immigrants, there can still be tr...

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