Expanding Sanctuary

We have a vision for our communities of real safety that doesn’t include immigration raids, police shootings, mass incarceration, or anti-trans violence.

The attacks on our communities are not siloed. Our responses can’t be either. Politically and practically, we need each other. Demands raised by the Movement for Black Lives to address state violence, criminalization, and over-policing are also steps necessary to protect migrant rights in the current moment.

Despite what the current President orders, local officials have authority and power to protect their cities and towns.

By refusing to be conscripted into federal deportation efforts and by addressing the criminalization and over-policing in many places that funnel migrant residents into removal proceedings and Black, Latino, poor, and other communities of color into the prison system, local officials can move their towns toward real safety, actual sanctuary, and be a line of defense against Trump’s attacks.

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Expanding Sanctuary Policy Solutions – A Crowdsourced Guide

This is a living list of legislation that has been passed or proposed to address increasing protections and/or reducing criminalization.

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Below is a living document: A compilation of current bills and analysis pointing toward what’s needed but not yet drafted to serve as a starting place for crowdsourcing policy solutions to expand sanctuary at the city level.

It’s meant to help answer the question, “We want to be a sanctuary. How do we do it?” and a repository for solutions and visions of what is and could be done to defy Trump, defend our cities, and expand sanctuary.

You may also want to consult the “What Makes a Sanctuary Now” Report.

If you have trouble viewing the document below, click here to open it in googledocs.