Sanctuary Cities: An Explainer

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference on Nov. 14, 2016, in Chicago. Emanuel said the outcome of the U.S. presidential election will not impact Chicago's commitment as a sanctuary city for immigrants. Teresa Crawford / Associated Press
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference on Nov. 14, 2016, in Chicago. Emanuel said the outcome of the U.S. presidential election will not impact Chicago's commitment as a sanctuary city for immigrants. Teresa Crawford / Associated Press

Sanctuary Cities: An Explainer

On Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel went on record to reassure immigrants that Chicago would “always will be a sanctuary city.” 

The statement follows the election of Donald Trump who has threatened to block federal funding for cities that refuse to cooperate with deportation forces under his administration. 

We take a step back to explain what a sanctuary city is, what Chicago’s policies currently are, and how plausible the President-elect’s threats are with Angela Garcia, a professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.