While there is no set definition of sanctuary city, in general the term is used to refer to cities that don't allocate local resources to enforcing federal immigration policy. This can range from directing the police to not ask about immigration status, to barring police from sharing any information with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
This term has been in the news lately, as Attorney General Jefferson Sessions (and others in the Trump administration) ordered a crackdown on sanctuary cities and threatened withholding federal funding. (npr, politico)
Cambridge, however, has not backed down from its public commitment to welcoming immigrants. In fact, since the last election, Cambridge has:
In May of this year, an Ecuadorian woman facing deportation and separation from her partner and two young children sought sanctuary in a Harvard Square church. The Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition supported the University Lutheran Church in taking in and providing resources and accompaniment for the young woman and her children. The group includes local congregations of several faiths as well as a Harvard Divinity School student group, and it offers space within the church, food resources, and legal representation. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have generally refrained from arresting people within churches, leading to several cases nationwide of people fearing deportation moving into churches for protection. (Globe)
If you're interested in immigration, you may also want to check out the housing topic - after all, the most welcoming policies in the world won't help an immigrant family who cannot afford to live here.
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