Tucson City Council Opposes Sanctuary Cities Ban Measure

Feb 20, 2020

The Tucson City Council has voted to oppose state legislation that would seek voter approval to enshrine a ban on sanctuary cities in the state constitution.

Credit Tucsonaz.gov

The Republican-led Legislature already has taken the first steps to pass the legislation for a constitutional ban on sanctuary cities, or jurisdictions that limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

The state already has an existing ban on sanctuary cities, approved in 2011.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that no local jurisdictions in Arizona meet the definition of a sanctuary city, and voters in Tucson overwhelmingly rejected a ballot proposition to become one last November.

But some law enforcement agencies in Tucson have adopted immigrant-friendly policies.