NE Officials Dispute ‘Sanctuary City’ Label

Nebraska.- Add the mayor of Grand Island to the list of Nebraska officials who insist they are not running so-called “Sanctuary Cities.”

The Center for Immigration Studies says Hall, Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy counties are protecting undocumented immigrants by not prosecuting them for violating federal immigration laws .

Mayor Jeremy Jensen says Grand Island citizens are safe as long as they are not involved in criminal activity. He notes that his officers are not allowed to check someone’s legal status, without probable cause.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says although Omaha is on the list, police in the state’s largest city cooperate with the federal government to safeguard the security of all Omahans.

Hall County Attorney Jack Zitterkopf says there is no official legal definition of a sanctuary city. He adds that the Hall County Corrections Department will not hold someone for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unless an arrest warrant has been issued.

Some city officials worry the unofficial sanctuary city label could cost them millions of dollars in federal funds if an executive order from President Trump holds up.



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