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Immigrant's 'Unusual' Reprieve After 11 Months in Hiding

Javier Flores Garcia is going home to be with his family thanks to special deferred status and visa

(Newser) - Since November, Javier Flores Garcia has been separated from his family and hunkered down in a Philly church to avoid deportation, serving as a handyman and praying. On Wednesday, per NBC Philadelphia , the undocumented immigrant finally left the Arch Street United Methodist Church where he'd found sanctuary not long... More »

Judge on Sanctuary Cities Law: It Will 'Erode Public Trust'

And harm the state of Texas

(Newser) - A federal judge late Wednesday temporarily blocked most of Texas' tough new "sanctuary cities" law that would have allowed police to inquire about people's immigration status during routine interactions such as traffic stops. The law, SB 4, had been cheered by President Trump's administration but decried by... More »

Sessions Slams 'Lawless' Chicago Over Lawsuit

'Comply with the law or forgo taxpayer dollars'

(Newser) - The war of words between Chicago and the federal government over "sanctuary cities" policy is heating up. Attorney General Jeff Sessions slammed the city's leaders Monday over their lawsuit against the Trump administration , saying they "have demonstrated an open hostility to enforcing laws designed to protect law... More »

Chicago Sues Over Trump's 'Unlawful Misguided Action'

Lawsuit fights back against sanctuary city crackdown

(Newser) - Chicago is fighting back against the Trump's administration's crackdown on "sanctuary cities." Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that Chicago is suing the Justice Department over efforts to place new conditions on federal law enforcement grant money as a means to force local authorities to cooperate with... More »

New Texas Law Punishes 'Sanctuary Cities'

Big-city police chiefs strongly opposed move

(Newser) - "Sanctuary cities" will be banned and local officials who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials will be punished under a bill signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Sunday. The bill, passed by the state legislature last week, was signed in an event broadcast from the state... More »

Trump's Own Words Haunt Him on Sanctuary Ruling

Judge cites his public comments in temporarily freezing order

(Newser) - President Trump went after what appears to be his least favorite court in the nation Wednesday in the wake of a setback on his sanctuaries cities executive order. In a series of tweets , Trump complained about the Ninth Circuit federal court, which previously froze his travel ban. "Does everyone... More »

Judge Gives Sanctuary Cities Win Against Trump

Judge blocks order on sanctuary city funding

(Newser) - A federal judge in San Francisco has blocked a Trump administration order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with US immigration authorities, the AP reports. US District Judge William Orrick issued the temporary ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit over the executive order targeting so-called sanctuary cities. The decision... More »

Michigan's Capital Changes Mind on 'Sanctuary City' Label

City council held emergency vote after complaints from business community

(Newser) - Michigan's capital reversed a decision to call itself a "sanctuary city" that protects immigrants regardless of their legal status, bowing to pressure from a business community concerned that the term would draw unwanted attention to Lansing from President Trump's administration and cost the city federal funding, the... More »

Seattle Fights Trump 'Sanctuary Cities' Order

The mayor accuses Trump of declaring 'war on cities'

(Newser) - President Trump's crackdown on "sanctuary cities" is making cities less safe and Seattle is going to fight it, Mayor Ed Murray says. The city filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday over Trump's Jan. 25 executive order , which withholds federal grants from cities that fail to comply... More »

Jeff Sessions Issues Warning to Sanctuary Cities

They could lose federal money if they don't cooperate on immigration

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday warned so-called sanctuary cities they could lose federal money for refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities and suggested the government would come after grants that have already been awarded if they don't comply. Sessions said the Justice Department would require cities seeking some... More »

One Immigrant Sanctuary Ends in Face of Trump Order

Miami-Dade's jails will hold undocumented immigrants for feds

(Newser) - President Trump's threat to withhold federal money has worked on at least one "sanctuary" jurisdiction, the Miami Herald reports. On Thursday, the mayor of Florida's Miami-Dade County ended a 2013 policy that kept local jails from holding undocumented immigrants for federal immigration authorities. While Trump called the... More »

Gutted Arizona Immigration Law Goes Into Effect

Ruling blocking key parts of bill actually a victory, its author says

(Newser) - Arizona's new immigration law goes into effect today, minus the key parts of it blocked by yesterday's federal ruling . Police won't be required to question suspects' immigration status and it's still not a crime to be found without immigration registration papers, but provisions making it a crime to pick up... More »

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