The Mythology of Sanctuary Cities

26 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2019

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Kit Johnson

University of Oklahoma - College of Law

Date Written: August 29, 2019


Sanctuary jurisdictions — be they cities, counties, or states — employ various means of disentangling local law enforcement from federal civil immigration enforcement. Much of the criticism directed at these “sanctuary cities” revolves around a set of myths — such as that these jurisdictions are lawless or dangerous. This Essay identifies nine myths about sanctuary cities and subjects each to a fact-based shakedown.

Keywords: immigration, myth, sanctuary, sanctuary city

JEL Classification: K1, K37

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Kit, The Mythology of Sanctuary Cities (August 29, 2019). Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Vol. 28, 2019, Available at SSRN:

Kit Johnson (Contact Author)

University of Oklahoma - College of Law ( email )

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