Sanctuary Cities in the Spotlight

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From TeachableMoment

“What are sanctuary cities, and why are they girding for conflict in the wake of Trump’s election? This lesson consists of two student readings. The first looks at the history of the sanctuary movement, from its modern origins among religious communities in the 1980s, through its expansion into city ordinances prohibiting police from asking people about their immigration status. The second reading looks at the prospect for conflict between the Trump administration and cities that have resolved not to go along with his deportation plans. This reading also highlights campaigns by advocates to defend undocumented immigrants.”

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