Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Your Call 052108 Sanctuary Cities

Does a sanctuary city protect residents in a city or simply make its progressive residents feel good? On the next Your Call we'll look at Mayor Newsom's public awareness campaign educating Chinese, Russians and Latino immigrants about the public services the city will provide and the federal immigration laws they won't enforce. San Francisco has been a sanctuary city for more than 20 years and proponents say that public health and safety are all better in San Francisco for it. What are other sanctuary cities finding? This summer, San Francisco will issue local IDs to otherwise undocumented residents of the city, but municipal sanctuary doesn't protect anyone from federal raids. Are we finding the right balance? It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.

Carolyn Tran in San Francisco
Program Coordinator for the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network.

Robert Rubin in San Francisco
Legal Director for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sheila Chung Hagen in San Francisco
The first Immigrant Rights Administrator for the city and county of San Francisco.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As a person who loves to travel but hates flying, I spend a lot of time in the U.S. I love going to museums and other attractions only a cultured and vibrant city can offer. However, as a concerned American, I have vowed that until sanctuary cities start thinking more of me and other tourists, instead of catering to those in the U.S. for illegal purposes, I will not waste my money, or risk my life by going there. I hope many other Americans will make the same decision.