Resources to help students examine the following question: Should cities or counties be able to declare themselves “sanctuaries” and refuse to cooperate with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainer requests? In all of these disputes between state or local governments and the federal government, the federal government argues that it has complete control of immigration law—that the Constitution empowers Congress to make immigration law, and those laws empower the executive branch to enforce them with wide discretion. The states, on the other hand, argue that they are the ones directly impacted by the presence, absence, or prosecution of immigrants and that they must have the power to set policies to make their communities safe and prosperous. Street Law provides written content on the issue and a guide to help with the deliberation activity.
Select this link to access the materials: http://streetlaw.org/en/newsroom/Article/534/New_Deliberation_Materials_Sanctuary_Cities