Sarah Mahmood  //  5/7/17  //  Topic Update

The Justice Department has not yet filed an appeal of Judge Orrick’s preliminary injunction against President Trump's executive order threatening sanctuary cities with loss of federal funds (Politico).

Local criminal justice policies that harshly penalize low-level offenses can undermine the promise of sanctuary cities, according to a new report (ImmigrationProf Blog).

  • The report is a joint release from Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project, Immigrant Defense Project, and Immigrant Legal Resources Center, and can be found here.


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.

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