How sanctuary cities actually work

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, April 25, 2017
  • President Trump says he wants to strip funding from so-called "sanctuary cities," but what exactly do these cities do?

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    The map at 4:26 comes from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (

    Cities and counties that limit their cooperation with federal immigration agents are sometimes called "sanctuaries," but the word doesn't actually have any legal meaning. However, because the constitution prohibits the federal government from making states enforce its laws, cities, counties, and other local jurisdictions have lots of freedom to ignore, or comply with, requests from federal agencies like ICE to detain undocumented immigrants for deportation. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app.

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  • Mcepicz10

     (Apr 25, 2017)

    Ready for civil and respectable discussion about the facts of the video.

  • Peter Smith

     (2 days ago)

    Lol, "facts" 😂

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  • Alex Leslie

     (Aug 13, 2018)

    Beware ye who ventures into this comment section

  • Adam Edward

     (Dec 1, 2018)

    Alex Leslie abandon all hope ye who enter America

  • Lolly Water

     (Jul 27, 2017)

    It's a well known fact that Vox is left wing. Why do conservatives continue to watch their videos and complain when they they disagree with an obviously left wing media outlet?

  • Ethan Allen

     (10 hours ago)

    shechshire ....What don't you understand?.... ALL immigrants are welcome to USA....but we don't allow in criminals and law-breakers. You will have to follow the legal process. No Republicans are anti-immigrant....they are against criminals and law-breakers....and traitors committing treason.Get your act together are embarrassing yourselves to the whole world.

  • Ethan Allen

     (10 hours ago)

    Lolly Water's about fighting and ridding America of these treasonous traitors of the Democratic party.

  • Obama Said So

     (May 12, 2017)

    My parents waited 8 years to get a green card and a few more years for official citizenship. It took us thousands to get this. Why cant things be fair? Why can't illegal immigrants just follow the law? Why do people who have disobeyed the law and cheated their way in be allowed special privileges? Does that mean that all of those years waiting to be a citizen were just wasted? I am truly appalled, disappointed, and shocked to see many people support those who have cheated their way in.

  • Peter Smith

     (2 days ago)

    By not useing the system, illegals make the system very slow.

  • Dana Evans

     (Feb 4, 2019)

    +The Open Rift yeap

  • Andem

     (Oct 31, 2017)

    The point isn't about letting criminals run free, it's about getting immigrants , illegal or otherwise, to cooperate with police. It's basically the same thing as giving someone a reduced sentence for ratting out other criminals. It's less a matter of enforcing the law wholesale as it is enforcing the law effectively, I'd rather the police be able to catch more thieves and murderers than catch the same amount of Juans every month.

  • Dg_96 _

     (Dec 8, 2018)

    There’s literally no evidence, no study to support your claim. There is no evidence at all that sanctuary policies help cops catch more bad guys lol

  • John Porter

     (Apr 27, 2017)

    "you are safe in chicago" hahahah

  • juntingiee

     (Jan 28, 2019)


  • Nick Hall

     (Jan 19, 2018)

    All they want or care about is importing more Democratic votes...

  • Willem van Panhuys

     (Jan 27, 2019)

    And all you care about is stopping Democrat votes so I wouldn't be talking if I were you...

  • KepleroGT

     (Sep 5, 2017)

    "You are safe in Chicago" Thanks I'm not that stupid

  • raney150

     (Oct 29, 2018)

    Obviously, you are pretty stupid. Chicago isn't dangerous unless you go to one of the 5 or so community areas (out of 77) that have the VAST majority of the crime.

  • evilsanta8585

     (Jun 9, 2017)

    one question .... were is the other side of the argument?

  • Anthony Starke

     (Jan 10, 2019)

    You do realize that many of the crimes these people commit never actually get processed right? Even if that is the "official" statistic there is way more crime brought in my illegal immigration than those numbers lead you to believe. And that's not even taking into account the technicality that EVERY undocumented person is in fact breaking the law. Which would push that statistic to 100% of them having criminal records.


     (Jan 9, 2019)

    one question.. where is the W in the "where" in your comment? actually, two questions... why are you a clearly uninformed conservative complaining about a left wing media site?

  • Eric

     (Mar 17, 2018)

    Honestly sounds like a left explanation of sanctuary cities. They forget to mention that being an illegal immigrant is ILLEGAL. Just become registered legal and pay your fair share.

  • Poison Kiss

     (Jan 31, 2019)

    it's also illegal to run a red light or go over the speed limit. You like snitching that much?

  • bigbrain457

     (Jan 15, 2019)

    +Slayer1111111111able victimless or not a law is being broken and many illegals work under the table not paying taxes. Those who are legal must foot in the bills for them.