City attorney explains sanctuary city issues

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 25, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa City City Council plans to discuss the implementation of a sanctuary-city policy — one that would protect undocumented immigrants — at its work session Feb. 28.

In a document submitted to City Council, City Attorney Eleanor Dilkes concluded sanctuary policies typically fall into three categories: Don’t tell, Don’t ask, and Don’t enforce. “Don’t tell” involves not releasing immigration status information to federal authorities. “Don’t ask” limits questions authorities can ask about immigration status. “Don’t enforce” includes limiting arrests and detentions for violating immigration laws.

The adoption of a sanctuary-city policy was recommended to the City Council by the Human Rights Commission.

— by Katie Heine

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