Eve Levin  //  8/6/17  //  Topic Update


The DOJ sent letters to four cities saying that they will be ineligible for federal funding unless they give federal officials access to detention facilities (The Hill).

The San Francisco Police Chief’s statement on the city’s Sanctuary Ordinance can be found here.

In New York, private donors will pay for legal services for undocumented immigrants convicted of serious crimes, while the city will prioritize those not convicted in allocating municipal resources (NYT).


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