DATAVIZ: Sanctuary city bans in the South

As debate around immigration and “sanctuary cities” has flared, Southern states have led the country in enacting policies that ban such local efforts to limit involvement with federal immigration enforcement.

Proponents of sanctuary cities argue that local law enforcement agencies are better able to build trust with communities and promote public safety when their officers are not seen as immigration agents. Opponents of local sanctuaries, whose cause has been taken up by President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have sought to crack down on sanctuary cities and force localities to get embroiled in federal immigration enforcement.

[Story by Allie Yee, Map by Jordan Wilkie]

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