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“Sanctuary Cities” presented by Ben Gonzalez.

Since 1979 a number of cities nationwide have passed policies making them “sanctuaries” for undocumented immigrants.  While these policies differ from one another in some cases, they all share a commitment to limiting, or expressly forbidding, the participation of local officials in the enforcement of federal immigration law.  Sanctuary cities have recently reemerged in American politics as the result of a high-profile shooting in San Francisco by an undocumented immigrant who had been released from custody based on the city’s sanctuary policy.  This presentation will examine the history of sanctuary cities and the rationale for their continued existence in the face of the increasing criminalization of undocumented immigration.

Location: Building 3, room 102

History Seminar is a weekly series of presentations by Highline faculty and other guest speakers about a topic in their field of expertise. History Seminar is open to the public, and students can sign up for HIST 190 (item 1288) as a one-credit class.