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"Sanctuary" Cities
Los Angeles County

Despite federal law (the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996) requiring local government to cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security, some cities across the United States have adopted what are commonly known as "sanctuary policies." Although the term “sanctuary city” is not strictly defined, these policies generally direct city employees not to notify the federal government when the immigration status of residents in their communities might be subject to question. These policies do not make a distinction between legal and illegal residents, often allowing persons with no legal status in the United States to fully benefit from city services (or, as in the case of the City of Huntington Park, to even be appointed to a city commission). The County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles both have formally adopted "sanctuary" policies. There are other cities (and some school districts) within Los Angeles County that have also adopted policies meant to shield residents from federal immigration authorities. Contact your local city hall for more information.