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Sanctuary City

Monica Velez / Valley Public Radio

The Delano City Council passed a resolution Monday night to become a sanctuary city. It's the second city in the San Joaquin Valley to do so following Livingston. 


The resolution says the city will not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and any other immigration authority, which is consistent with the California Values Act, or SB-54, the state law that prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from working with ICE.


Valerie Gorospe

On a recent Wednesday at about noon, Aldo’s Mexican Restaurant in Delano was empty. There wasn’t any chatter or the sounds of sizzling carne asada on the stove, just the song Mejor Recuerda by Julión Álvarez playing in the background.  


“During the lunch hour, we used to always be busy, running back and forth, back and forth,” said waitress Araceli Mendez in Spanish. “That’s why you now can see the difference. It’s been empty for almost a month.”


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The early days of President Donald Trump’s administration have left all manner of people scrambling to keep up and understand the local impacts of a series of executive orders. One major change is the threat to withhold federal funds from so-called “sanctuary cities”, that is cities that claim to not work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to find undocumented immigrants. But what even is a sanctuary city and is Fresno in the crosshairs?

When he explained his executive order targeting ‘sanctuary cities’ last week, President Trump described the order this way.