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Published on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Confusion and legal questions surround "sanctuary city" executive order

President Trump's executive order to withhold federal funds to sanctuary cities has caused confusion about what is a "sanctuary city," raised a host of legal questions, and led San Francisco to be the first city in the U.S. to file a lawsuit alleging the executive order is unconstitutional and exceeds the President's power.

  • An article by The Olympian explores the position of several Washington cities and legal analysis by Hugh Spitzer, University of Washington law professor.
  • NLC's CitiesSpeak blog outlines legal steps sanctuary cities can take if they lose funding.
  • In response to the executive order, NLC released a statement asking the Federal government, not cities, to fix the immigration system.
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