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Tue May 23, 2017, 07:14 PM

Trump budget could expand definition of 'sanctuary city'

Source: USA Today

Trump budget could expand definition of 'sanctuary city'

Alan Gomez , USA TODAY 6:02 p.m. ET May 23, 2017

The budget released by the White House on Tuesday provided the first detailed explanation of how the Trump administration defines a "sanctuary city."

Buried in the 1,284-page appendix to the budget is a proposed change to federal law that would require local police to hold suspects for up to 48 hours solely to give Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents time to investigate their immigration status. Failure to do so would allow the federal government to declare those agencies as sanctuaries and withhold millions of dollars in grants.

The administration has urged local police to honor those requests, a controversial practice known as "detainers." The proposed change for the first time would make them requirements.

"This would be a radical re-definition of immigration law," said Philip Wolgin, managing director for immigration policy at the liberal Center for American Progress. "I am deeply, deeply troubled by this change. It makes me angry."

The change would have to be approved by Congress before it would take effect.

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