Some Tucson Citizens Want Official 'Sanctuary City' Designation

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:21pm
Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 2:22pm
Audio icon Download mp3 (9.62 MB)

Sanctuary cities have become the target of the federal government under the Trump administration, which tried to deny federal funding to cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement — and they’ve been in the crosshairs of Arizona lawmakers.

In 2016, a bill failed in the Arizona Legislature that would have denied general-fund to money so-called "sanctuary cities."

Throughout all of this, Tucson has remained a so-called “immigrant-welcoming” city, a designation the city officially adopted in 2012. And now, a citizen group there has started gathering signatures for a ballot initiative that would make Tucson an official “sanctuary city.”

The Show spoke with the initiative’s organizer, Zaira Livier, about the difference.

More Stories From KJZZ

If you like this story, Donate Now!