LOUISVILLE and LEXINGTON, Kentucky. As the new presidential administration increases its deportation forces and detains more individuals, some cities have decided to protest these changes by declaring themselves “sanctuary cities.” What are sanctuary cities, do they offer protection to immigrants, and what rights do you have if you are facing deportation or detention?
According to CNN, the term “sanctuary city” doesn’t refer to a specific legal designation that these cities have. Instead, “sanctuary cities” are called such because of the perception that they are not in cooperation with the federal government in enforcing immigration laws. There are over 200 sanctuary cities. They are called such because in these cities, law enforcement will not ask a person about their immigration status. There may be local laws in place in these cities against law enforcement asking about immigration status during a detention or arrest. In some of these cities, local jurisdictions will not hold individuals for ICE.
Sanctuary cities claim that by permitting officers to ask a person his or her immigration status it could endanger the public. Immigrants may be less likely to report crimes or to come forward if they are in danger. Sanctuary cities claim that implementing Trump’s policies, could result in the erosion of trust between police and immigrant communities.
Yet, President Donald Trump wants to crack down on sanctuary cities by denying them federal funds. In order to receive funding, cities would need to disclose a citizen’s immigration status when requested. However, many critics of this measure claim that such a move would be in violation of the 10th Amendment. The federal government is not permitted to commandeer state and local governments to enforce its initiatives.
According to the LA Times, Los Angeles is getting ready for a battle. It notes that it has money in reserves should it receive a federal cut. It is prepared to fight any cuts in the courts.
If you are facing arrest or questioning from police regarding your immigration status, you have the right to remain silent. Tell officers that you are invoking your right to remain silent and ask to speak to your immigration lawyer as soon as possible. You have the right to legal representation and have the right to avoid incriminating yourself. Don’t show false documents and don’t lie. Remain silent, seek legal counsel, and remain as calm as possible.
If you are facing deportation, detention, or have a question about immigration, it may be a good idea to seek the help of a deportation lawyer. The O’Brien Law Group are immigration lawyers in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky who protect the rights of immigrants and their families who may be facing deportation.
The current administration has promised to crack down on illegal immigrants, with high consequences to the immigrant population. However, individuals still enjoy many protections under the law. You have the right to due process. If you are facing deportation or have a question about your immigration status, contact the O’Brien Law Group, in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky.