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List of Sanctuary cities

Sanctuary city is a name given to a city in the United States that follows certain procedures that shelters illegal immigrants. These procedures can be by law (de jure) or they can be by action (de facto). The term most commonly is used for cities that do not permit municipal funds or resources to be applied in furtherance of enforcement of federal immigration laws.  These cities normally do not permit police or municipal employees to inquire about one's immigration status. The designation of Sanctuary City” has no legal meaning.     

 

List of U.S. Sanctuary Cities* 

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Information obtained from* OJJPAC.ORG and DOWNTREND.com 

*Note: Not all listings have been independently confirmed by OJJPAC. If you believe a city should not be listed, please send an email, and OJJPAC will make note of the dispute and attempt to verify.  Adjacent dates represent when a city was added to the list, not necessarily when it became (or allegedly became) a sanctuary city. Other notations may indicate the source of information.  Cities without a date were added prior to May, 2007.  Some sanctuary cities may not have yet been identified and therefore not listed below.  You are encouraged to perform additional research regarding the status of your own community.  The presence of illegal aliens in a community does not necessarily indicate that a city supports illegal migration or is a "sanctuary city." 

Sometimes city councils pass actual ordinances (like San Francisco) banning police from asking questions about citizens’ residency status, other police departments have the equivalent of a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” when it comes to immigration status.

Living in the Phoenix area (listed as a “sanctuary city,” by at least one group), I understand and sympathize with police concerns. If there’s a crime, you want cooperative residents – you need them – to help solve the crime. It’s a valid point.

But there must be an alternative to ignoring federal law. As I mentioned, Phoenix is listed as a sanctuary city … and so is Mesa and Tucson, but with the passage ofSB1070, you’d think that would put a halt to any of this. Maybe it simply put the unofficial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in place.

 

Note: This is the list, compiled by ojjpac.org.The notes adjoining to the cities are their own.  Ohio Jobs & Justice PAC.

Alaska

  • Anchorage, AK  (6/13/07 Congressional Research Service) (7-29-10 The Municipality of Anchorage disputes the listing. See notes at bottom of page for details.)
  • * (The city of Fairbanks has been removed from the Sanctuary Cities list due to the city council’s passage of a resolution supporting a formal recognition of its cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.  The city of Fairbanks had previously been listed due its designation as a sanctuary city by the Congressional Research Service.  OJJPAC thanks the City of Fairbanks for taking positive steps to clarify its compliance with federal law. Fairbanks enforcement statistics will be monitored for compliance.

Arizona

  • Chandler, AZ   (Added 5/30/07, Congressional Research Service Report, 2006 )
  • Mesa, AZ        (Added 10-18-09, Sources: Judicial Watch; East Valley Tribune article,1-4-2008)*
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Tucson, A Z    (Added 11-12-07, Source: 11-11-07 story by Brady McCombs, Arizona Daily Star. See note below.)

California

  • Bell Gardens, CA
  • City of Industry, CA
  • City of Commerce, CA
  • Coachella, CA       (Added 7-23-12, Source: La Voz de Aztlan. Passed in 2006 and existence supported by quotes in city’s 9-12-07 council meeting minutes.)
  • Cypress, CA
  • Davis CA
  • Downey, CA
  • Fresno, CA            (6/13/07 Congressional Research Service)
  • Greenfield, CA    (Added 7-23-12, Source: Battle at the ballot box in Greenfield, Monterey County, The Herald, 6-1-12)
  • Lakewood, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA   (Congressional Research Service)
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Lynwood, CA
  • Maywood, CA
  • Montebello, CA
  • National City, CA
  • Norwalk, CA
  • Oakland, CA                 (Added 8-27-07. Source: 4/25/07 story by KCBS 740 AM. Link here.)
  • Paramount, CA
  • Pico Rivera, CA
  • Richmond, CA               (Added 11-5-09. Sources:  Mayor Gayle McLaughlin’s campaign website from 2004, 2006)
  • So. Gate, CA
  • San Bernardino, Ca.      (Added 6/7/07, reader submitted /  9/5/08 Listing disputed by the city administration* See addl.notes)
  • San Diego, CA              Sources: Congressional Research Service; SDPD chief endorses constoversial immigration bill, Fox-TV 5, 9-2-13
  • Santa Clara County, CA  (Added 11-29-10, source:  Forced into Immigration Enforcement, A County Considers Plan B, 10-21-10, Huffington Post.)
  • Santa Cruz, CA             (Added 5/30/07, documented by KSBW news)
  • San Francisco, CA        (Congressional Research Service)
  • San Jose, CA                (6/13/07 Congressional Research Service)
  • Santa Maria, CA           (11-18-08 Submitted research from local activist/ Listing disputed by the city administration)
  • Sonoma County, CA    (Congressional Research Service)
  • Vernon, CA
  • Watsonville, CA         (Added 5/30/07, documented by KSBW news)
  • Wilmington, CA

Colorado  

  •  Aurora, CO
  •  Commerce City, CO
  •  Denver, CO                     (Source: Congressional Research Service)
  •  Durango, CO                   (6/13/07 Congressional Research Service)
  •  Federal Heights, CO
  •  Fort Collins, CO
  •  Lafayette, CO                 (Added 6/3/07, documented by reader)
  •  Thornton, CO
  •  Westminster, CO

Connecticut

  • Hartford, CT                     (Added 5/4/10.  Source: [Ordinance passed in 2008], NEWS 21 Blog, by Amy Crawford, Hartford, CT)
  • New Haven, CT                (Added 6/4/07.  Source: TV News 8: City council votes 25-1 to issue ID cards to illegal aliens)

Florida

  • DeLeon Springs, FL
  • Deltona, FL
  • Jupiter, FL  (Added 4-13-09. Previously on watch list.)
  • Lake Worth, FL  (Added 4-13-09.)
  • Miami, FL

Georgia

  • Dalton, GA        (Added 5/30/07. 6/18/07 Listing disputed by the City of Dalton, GA. City’s written policy requested, not received as of 1-28-12. )

Illinois

  • Chicago, IL        (Congressional Research Service)
  • Cicero, IL          (6/13/07 Congressional Research Service)
  • Evanston, IL       (6/13/07 Congressional Research Service)

Iowa

  • (See city watch list below)

Kansas

  • Wichita                (Source: Police department policy exposed after the death of Lola Jayne, KSN TV-3, 12-19-08)

        Louisiana

  • New Orleans, LA  (Source: Police department announced policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell”  by Police superintendent Warren Riley, WWL-TV; 9-9-09)

        Massachusetts

  • Cambridge, MA     (Source: Boston Globe. First passed resolution in 1985)
  • Chelsea, MA          (Added: 8-14-07 Source: Chelsea government website with text of sanctuary policy.)
  • Northampton, MA  (Added 6-20-12 Source: City of Northampton Resolution dated 8-18-2011.  Resolutionlimits cooperation with ICE but does not use the term “sanctuary.” )
  • Orleans, MA          (Added 6/13/07 Congressional Research Service)
  • Sommerville, MA   (Added 7-23-12 Original resolution passed in 1987, later repealed and replaced with Safe City Resolution. Source: Sommerville News Blog, 10-15-2007)
  • Springfield, MA      (Disputed)

Maine

  • Portland    (Added 5/31/07 Note: Maine resident reported that Portland city council passed sanctuary legislation)
  • State of Maine   (Added 5/31/07 Note: Governor of Maine initiated de facto protections for illegals by Executive Order in 2004)*

Maryland

  • Baltimore, MD               (Congressional Research Service)
  • Gaithersburg, MD
  • Mt. Rainier, MD        (Added 1-20-08, Source: The Washington D.C. Examiner, 1-19-08)
  • Montgomery County, MD  (Added 11-3-09, Source: Frederick County sheriff worried about MontCo gangs, The Washington D.C. Examiner, 11-2-09)
  • Takoma Park, MD      (Reported that City ordinance passed some 20 years ago; Congressional Research Service)

Michigan

  • Ann Arbor, MI      (6/13/07 Congressional Research Service)
  • Detroit, MI            (6/13/07 Congressional Research Service)

Minnesota

  • Austin, MN            (Added 11-1-11 Source: Protecting illegal immigrants to catch criminals, Star Tribune, 10-27-11)*
  • Minneapolis, MN    (Congressional Research Service)
  • St. Paul, MN
  • Worthington, MN   (Added 5-30-07 Note: This is where a Swift plant was raided by ICE in December, 2006)

New Jersey

  • Camden, NJ                (Added in 2007; latest source: Camden, Immigrant Haven?, By Lauren Feeney, City Paper, 7-16-08)
  • Fort Lee, NJ
  • Hightstown, NJ           (Added 5-30-07)
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Newark, NJ                (Added 6-3-07)
  • North Bergen, NJ
  • Trenton, NJ
  • Union City, NJ
  • West New York, NJ

New Mexico

  • Albuquerque, NM            6/13/07 Congressional Research Service; 8-14-07 KOB-TV 4 Eyewitness News report
  • Aztec, NM                       Added 5-8-10, Identified by CRS in 2006 report to Congress
  • Rio Ariba County, NM    6/13/07 Congressional Research Service
  • Santa Fe, NM                  6/13/07 Congressional Research Service; 1-26-12 AP story, Santa Fe Mayor David Coss opposes taking drivers licenses away from illegal aliens.

New York

  • Albany, NY                (Added 7-22-09 Source: Council adopts don’t ask policy, Times Union report by Jordan Carleo-Evangelist)
  • Bay Shore, NY
  • Brentwood, NY
  • Central Islip, NY
  • Farmingville, NY
  • New York City, NY
  • Riverhead, NY
  • Shirly/Mastic, NY
  • Spring Valley Village, NY  (Added 7-25-07)
  • Uniondale, NY
  • Westbury, NY

North Carolina

  • Carrboro, NC               (Added 11-12-07 Source: Towns differ on illegal aliens by Patrick Winn, The News & Observer)
  • Chapel Hill, NC            (Added 11-12-07 Source: Towns differ on illegal aliens by Patrick Winn, The News & Observer)
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chatham County, NC    (Added 1-14-09 Source: Chatham rejects immigration program, The News & Observer; Chatham County Commissioners Board Minutes, 1-5–09)
  • Durham, NC                 (6/13/07 Congressional Research Service)
  • Raleigh
  • Winston-Salem

Ohio

  • Columbus, OH        (7/5/07 Source: 5/10/07 Columbus Dispatch article stating illegal aliens in misdemeanor cases are not reported to ICE)
  • Dayton, OH            (Added 1-11-10 Source:  Dayton Daily News story by Lucas Sullivan.  Police chief prohibits officers from asking about immigration status.
  • Lima, OH                    (Added 10-28-08 Note:  City administration opposes County Sheriff’s efforts to remove illegal aliens.)
  • Lorain, OH             (Added 4-21-14 Source:  Lorain Police Chief Celestino Rivera has ordered (by written policy) his officers not to cooperate with ICE)
  • Oberlin, OH           (Added 1-25-09. Source: City Resolution adopted January 20, 2009)
  • Painesville, OH        (7-19-07 Source: 7-18-07 Cleveland Scene article)

Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma City         (de facto)
  • Tulsa                        (6-3-07 Note: Tulsa city council is discussing changing its sanctuary policy.  8-15-10 Update:  See note below.)

Oregon

  • Ashland, OR               (8-9-07 Congressional Research Service)
  • Gaston, OR                (8-9-07 Congressional Research Service)
  • Marion County, OR    (8-9-07 Congressional Research Service)
  • Multnomah County, OR  (Added 11-9-13 Source: Sheriff’s office says ‘no’ to ICE, By Kirsten Lock, Fox TV-12, 4-25-13)
  • Portland, OR
  • State of Oregon *       (8-9-07 Congressional Research Service)  *(See note below)

Pennsylvania

  • Allentown, PA (Rescinded)  7-23-12 Note: Allentown city council passed a sanctuary resolution in 1986 but voted 4-3 to rescind it in 1991.
  • Philadelphia, PA*          (7-15-10 Source: Mayor Nutter’s, November, 2009 Executive order: Policy Concerning Access of Immigrants to City Services .)
  • Pittsburgh, PA  (Added 5-29-14 Source: Pittsburg Post Gazette: Pittsburg launches effort to woo more immigrants, 5-29-14)

Rhode Island

  • Providence         (Added 5-17-11 Source: Providence wants to opt out of ‘Secure Communities’ database, by Gregory Smith, Providence Journal, 2-23-11).

Texas

  • Austin, TX                (Congressional Research Service)
  • Baytown, TX            (6-13-07 Local reader observation)
  • Brownsville, TX
  • Channelview, TX      (6-13-07 Local reader observation)
  • Denton, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • El Cenizo, TX          (6-13-07 Congressional Research Service)
  • Ft.Worth, TX
  • Houston, TX            (Congressional Research Service)
  • Katy, TX                 (Congressional Research Service)
  • Laredo, TX
  • Mcallen, TX
  • Port Arthur, TX          (6-13-07 Reader/resident observation)

Utah

  • State of Utah                (Added 5-15-11  Source:  Utah Approves Guest Worker Program for Illegal Immigrants, ABC New, 5-7-11)
  • Provo, UT*                (* 8-27-2010  The current administration in Provo Utah contacted OJJPAC earlier this month and indicated that it has no desire to be a sanctuary city.                                     *5-16-11Update: Pending removal of Provo, UT from list upon verification of city’s participation/cooperation in enforcement of immigration laws.)

Virginia

  • Alexandria, VA*            (Added 10-6-08,  Source: City Resolution No. 2246 adopted 10-9-07)
  • Fairfax County, VA
  • Virginia Beach, VA         (Added 6/3/07)

        Vermont

  • Burlington, VT            (Added 5-14-09  Source: 5-13-09 Associated Press story by Wilson Ring)
  • Middlebury, VT          (Added 5-14-09  Source: 5-13-09 Associated Press story by Wilson Ring)
  • State of Vermont*        (Added 11-29-10  Source: 11-21-10 Vermont AG proposes bias-free policing policy, Burlington Free Press)

        Washington 

  • King Co. Council, WA     (Added as a de facto sanctuary on 6-28-09 Source: The Seattle Times; and on 11-9-09 Ordinance passed)
  • Seattle, WA                      (Added 5/30/07; Congressional Research Service)
  • Spokane, WA                   (Added 6-22-15; City Council passed Ordinances C35164 and C-35167)

Wisconsin

  • Madison, WI                    (Congressional Research Service)  Update: In June, 2010, the city council passed a resolution reaffirming its policy.
  • Millwaukee County, WI    (Added 6-10-12 Source article: County Board Resolution on Immigration on target, Opinion, Journal Sentinel News., 6-9-12)

Wyoming

  • Jackson Hole, WY

Washington, D.C.         (Update: The Washington D. C. city council has voted to prohibit its police department from participating in the Secure Communities program in July, 2010 according to an AP story by Ivan Moreno dated 7-26-10;   10-19-11 D.C. Examiner story which states that Mayor Vincent Gray signed an order prohibiting the city’s police dept. from inquiring about a person’s immigration status.

 



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