Eve Levin  //  7/30/17  //  Topic Update


The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that ICE cannot ask state law enforcement to detain individuals solely for the purpose of immigration enforcement, essentially declaring the Commonwealth a sanctuary state (WSJNYTReutersBoston Herald).

  • The Court’s opinion is here.
  • Nikolas Bowie details the case of Sreynoun Lunn and how the Court reached its decision at Take Care.
  • Kevin Johnson at ImmigrationProf Blog and César Hernández at Crimmigration summarize the issue.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will not allow sanctuary cities to qualify for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, which provides funds for law enforcement programs (CBS News).

  • While this is a major funding program, it is only one such program, notes Kevin Johnson on ImmigrationProf Blog.
  • States reacted to the latest attempt to withhold federal grant money from sanctuary cities (Boston GlobePoliticoVox).
  • DOJ’s plan to deny federal grants to sanctuary cities is a dangerous attack on federalism and separation of powers principles, argues Ilya Somin at The Volokh Conspiracy.

Efforts to  defund cities that don’t provide local jail access to ICE agents are ramping up (VoxBoston Globe).


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

At Take Care, Eli Savit argued that the Trump Administration's threats against sanctuary cities are baseless, but that the rhetoric is nonetheless dangerous. The Justice Department subpoenaed letters from sanctuary cities across the country.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump’s top immigration chief said he was preparing to significantly increase his agency’s enforcement presence in California because of last year’s passage of a “sanctuary state” law.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

A jury acquitted an undocumented immigrant in a case that President Trump often cited as a part of his opposition to sanctuary cities. Judicial rulings against President Trump's effort to deny funding to sanctuary cities have implications for federalism and separation of powers debates.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School