Can Granville be a “sanctuary city” legally?

Can Granville be a “sanctuary city” legally?

Yes. Oh, funny story. It already is.

Can Granville be a sanctuary city without breaking the law?

I’ll summarize: Yes. 

Granville has been a “sanctuary city” — that is, not enforcing federal immigration laws — since its founding in 1805. So is nearly every municipality in Ohio and the other 49 states.

Cincinnati, Columbus and the other 400 places nationwide that have declared themselves (or been called) “sanctuary cities” are merely exercising naming rights for a routine policy practiced by nearly one of the nation’s 36,000 towns and cities. They aren’t at legal risk because all cities and states have unambiguous constitutional authority to become sanctuary cities. 

In this article, I’ll explain why.  (more…)