City leaders plan to support sanctuary status

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Cities with ordinances trying to shield illegal immigrants could be under pressure.

The Department of Justice says it will withhold federal aid from cities around the country if they don’t cooperate with immigration officials.

In December, the Urbana City Council passed a resolution reaffirming it as a sanctuary city. Friday, recently elected Mayor Diane Marlin says they’re not wavering from that decision.

She says the city is well within its legal limits and there have been court cases on the topic. In 1986, Urbana passed a law requiring fair and equal protection and no federal law forces local police to ask about immigration status.

Generally, police departments don’t ask because they want all segments of the community to feel safe calling them. Also, officials say no city employees or agencies are allowed to ask your immigration status.

The city attorney will investigate if it’s believed any of these rules have been violated.

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