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Tuckson Sentinel.com
January 18, 2017

Churches promise 'radical welcome' for migrants with revived Sanctuary movement
By Paul Ingram

In 2011, the director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton issued a memo to the agency's field offices telling them not to conduct "enforcement actions" at "sensitive locations," including hospitals, schools, as well as churches, synagogues, and mosques. However, there's no guarantee that an incoming Trump administration would follow this policy, nor the policies created in November by President Barack Obama, which set up a three-tiered set of enforcement priorities designed to target "criminal aliens" while leaving other undocumented immigrants as far lower priorities for federal enforcement. While ICE offices were directed to target people who recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and people who committed major felonies, information obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a nonpartisan research project supported by Syracuse University, showed immigration offenses factored into 52 percent of all federal criminal prosecutions, and that all but three of the top 10 crimes pursued by federal officials were related to immigration.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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