Cities and States Resist — and Assist — Immigration Crackdown in New Ways

Cities and States Resist — and Assist — Immigration Crackdown in New Ways

By Tim Henderson

Austin recently took a new tack in the ongoing war between “sanctuary cities” and federal immigration authorities. Declaring itself a “freedom city,” the Texas capital instructed its police officers to arrest fewer people for minor crimes — to prevent their fingerprints from going to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — and to inform people that they may refuse a request to present their immigration papers.

Though novel, Austin’s gambit fits into a broader pattern: As the Trump administration this year ratcheted up its efforts to curb illegal immigration, cities and states experimented with new ways to resist — or assist — the crackdown.

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