Sanctuary Cities Policy - Political Parties and Stances

Sanctuary cities, cities that “[limit] cooperation with federal immigration enforcement agents in order to protect low-priority immigrants from deportation,” are typically defended by Democrats and criticized by Republicans. While the Democratic platform does not explicitly mention sanctuary cities, Democratic Congresspeople have frequently taken steps to protect sanctuary cities from being defunded. In comparison, the Republican platform explicitly calls for sanctuary cities to be defunded, on the basis that they technically violate federal law.

A Reuters poll from Sept. 23, 2022, found that 53% of Republicans supported the transport of migrants by Republican governors out of their states to Democrat-run sanctuary cities compared with 16% of Democrats.

Approximately, 80% of Democrats support finding ways for undocumented immigrants to stay in America legally, while only 37% of Republicans are for.

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