Executive Order on Sanctuary Cities Raises Many Questions, Answers Few

Issue Brief 17-05
February 2, 2017

Summary 

The president released an executive order on January 25, entitled, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States. The order directs executive departments and agencies “to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States.” The order includes some provisions that could affect state and local governments, such as:

  • sanctions against jurisdictions that fail to comply with federal immigration laws

  • the hiring of 10,000 additional immigration officers

  • authorizing state and local law enforcement officials to perform the functions of immigration officers

  • regular reports on incarcerated aliens

This Issue Brief focuses on issues raised by certain provisions of the order.