The number of so-called "Sanctuary Cities" has crossed 300 in a rapid expansion despite public protests and moves in Congress to cut off funding.
The Center for Immigration Studies has updated its list to include Dallas County in Texas, Philadelphia, five Kentucky counties and possibly the whole state of Massachusetts as areas where federal law enforcement demands for information and access to jailed illegals immigrants will be denied.
Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, gave some examples of the new cities, counties and states that have joined in the sanctuary movement of denying federal demands -- while also getting federal funding.
Outgoing Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who had long maintained obstructive sanctuary policies, undid them before leaving office in December 2015. One of the very first acts of new Mayor Jim Kenney, within hours of his swearing-in, and after accepting some homemade bread baked by illegal aliens, was to institute a new sanctuary policy.
In addition to Dallas County, other new sanctuary jurisdictions include the city of Lawrence, Mass., and five counties in Kentucky. In addition, in December, a committee of the Massachusetts legislature approved a strict and far-reaching sanctuary bill.
On Monday, a key appropriations subcommittee chairman, Texas Rep. John Culberson, sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch to stop funding cities that reject Justice and Homeland Security demands for information and access to jailed immigrants.
Vaughan's broad list of jurisdictions that favor illegals over federal security demands is below, from her blog:
California, Connecticut, New Mexico, Colorado
Cities and Counties
California (in addition to all county sheriffs)
Orange County Probation Department
Colorado (in addition to all counties)
Aurora Detention Center
Connecticut (in addition to state LEAs)
Palm Beach County
Prince George's County
New Mexico (in addition to all counties)
New York City
St. Lawrence County
North Dakota State Penitentiary
South West Multiple County Corrections Center
Hood River County
Springfield Police Department
Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Franklin County Jefferson County
Kent City Jail, King County
South Correctional Entity (SCORE) Jail, King County
Walla Walla County
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