The Sanctuary Movement: How Broken Immigration Policies Affect Cities

The Sanctuary Movement: How Broken Immigration Policies Affect Cities

by Kyle W. Bell

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The Sanctuary Movement: How Broken Immigration Policies Affect Cities by Kyle W. Bell

The current debate over immigration policy in the United States divides political parties and individuals alike. Both sides would agree that the immigration system is broken. Evidence of this systematic failure is glaring: there are twelve million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, the federal government lacks a comprehensive enforcement and naturalization strategy, and sanctuary cities have been created to protect undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Cities such as Chicago and San Francisco have limited ability to deal with immigration issues, yet have acted to protect their citizens from deportation. By providing services to undocumented residents, cities have been forced to live with the consequences of an inadequate federal response to an issue that the Constitution delegates to the federal government. With a more sensible immigration strategy in place, there would be no need for sanctuary cities.

This book explores the sanctuary city movement in detail. First, we will look at the life of an undocumented immigrant that came to America and now lives in a sanctuary city. Next, we will explore the history of immigration in the United States, how federal policy has changed over time, and how cities have responded to these changes. Finally, we will consider two examples of sanctuary cities: Chicago and San Francisco.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011160035
Publisher: Kyle W. Bell
Publication date: 12/16/2010
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 719,247
File size: 706 KB

About the Author

Kyle W. Bell is a Master of Public Affairs graduate student at Indiana University South Bend. He resides in South Bend, Indiana, where he was born and raised. He was the recipient of the Indiana Black Expo's Martin Luther King Jr. Award in 2002. The following year he was awarded the Presidential Award for excellence in education. His research on sports development appeared in Indiana University South Bend's peer-reviewed Undergraduate Research Journal and a piece on gender stereotypes in the university's New Views on Gender publication. His writing interests have more recently taken him into the world of fiction. The 2011 short story "Ozzy" was inspired by real-life events surrounding the life and death of his grandparents. "Operation Bald Eagle" (2012) was his first spy novella, taking readers inside the role of a CIA operative as he embarked on a mission to prevent a Chinese cyber-attack on the United States. Its sequel, "Dusk Before Dawn" (2013), sees a Russian invasion of Ukraine in a plot that weaves international intrigue with the ugly underbelly of American presidential politics. Kyle is an avid reader, enjoys exercise, follows sports, and relishes a good meal whether it is prepared at a family-owned restaurant or in his own kitchen. He is the owner of Game Freaks 365, a video game website founded in 2003 with news and reviews. His personal blog,, focuses on both politics and his books. It is meant to generate ideas and debate on policy in a constructive manner.

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