What makes a sanctuary?

What makes a sanctuary?

By Gabriel Hongsdusit, Scott Pham and Patrick Michels / August 9, 2017

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice targeted 10 state and local governments with “sanctuary” policies the department said may violate federal law and threatened to halt grant funding as a result. Two jurisdictions recently said they’ve been cleared by DOJ and a third, Chicago, is suing DOJ. Some do much more than others to shield residents from immigration enforcement. All but Cook County, Illinois, make exceptions for people who’ve committed serious crimes.

Click on the sanctuary city to view specific policies.


Clark County, Nevada

Cook County, Illinois

Miami-Dade County, Florida

Milwaukee County, Wisconsin

New York City

New Orleans


State of Connecticut

State of California