Thursday, February 23, 2017

Resistance to the Fugitive Slave Act Gives Sanctuary Cities a Model for Resistance

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Christopher N. Lasch on the History News Network offers a historically-based defense of "sanctuary cities""

"Lawsuits over the executive order that barred entry from seven predominately Muslim nations dominated the news in recent weeks. To less fanfare, local governments in San Francisco, Santa Clara County, and Massachusetts filed lawsuits hoping to see President Trump in court concerning another executive order—one that seeks to coerce local participation in immigration enforcement by starving the sanctuary cities of federal funding. Anti-sanctuary agitators regularly claim that sanctuary jurisdictions defy federal law, and some (most recently Karl Rove) go so far as to suggest that cities and counties that seek to disentangle themselves from federal immigration enforcement are morally and legally equivalent to the slaveholding South."


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