Some Tucson Citizens Want Official 'Sanctuary City' Designation

Published: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:21pm
Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 2:22pm
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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.

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