Looking Past the Label: An Analysis of the Measures Underlying 'Sanctuary Cities'

61 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2018

Date Written: January 14, 2018

Abstract

Jurisdictions that limit their participation in federal immigration enforcement are broadly referred to as “sanctuary cities.” This unitary, all-encompassing label fuels misleading arguments by failing to distinguish between the differing measures implemented by state and local governments. Supporters of sanctuary cities put forth policy rationales that are unproven or inapplicable to each type of measure. Meanwhile, opponents of sanctuary cities overextend their argument that sanctuary measures are illegal. Discarding the “sanctuary city” label will foster more intelligent analyses and reason-based solutions to an emotionally charged issue.

Keywords: Sanctuary City, Immigration, Federalism, Policy

JEL Classification: K37

Suggested Citation

Rice, James, Looking Past the Label: An Analysis of the Measures Underlying 'Sanctuary Cities' (January 14, 2018). 48 University of Memphis Law Review 85 (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3101834

James Rice (Contact Author)

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